Humber riverscapes from the air

By janetuplin |

Manchester artist Colin Taylor is well-known for transferring his love of mountains to his paintings.

But in his latest exhibition, Riverscapes, which is currently on view at Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk he took to the skies to bring a new perspective to his latest body of work which was created especially for the regionally acclaimed arts centre.
The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield, explained that Colin took to the skies in a light aircraft to recreate an approach by photographer Jorge Anhalzer who flew in a micro-light to take pictures of the landscape below.

“Colin’s work transfers experience and emotion directly to canvas.  His direct and rapidly executed approach conveys a determined and unique focus to represent the unrepresentable,” Richard continued.

Colin added:  “When I was invited to consider the possibility of exhibiting here at The Ropewalk, I thought Anhalzer’s approach might lend itself quite well to this project. So about half of the works exhibited here originated during one of two or three flying lessons that I took in the summer of 2013, up and down the river and the estuary.”

“The common denominator between these “Riverscapes” and the other half of the exhibition is the very same balance of rural, urban, industry and community existing in close proximity and with their own set of priorities,” he went on.

Colin has also included several paintings about The English Lake District, now a mature visitor destination that a few weeks ago was nominated by the UK government as a probable bid in 2016, for World Heritage Site status.

The exhibition in the Artspace runs until March 2.  Entry to all galleries at The Ropewalk, which is open from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sunday between 10am and 4pm, is free.

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Sidelong: With video and sound installation by Paul Ratcliff

A series of photographic studies of the people and landscapes seen ‘in passing’ on the train journey from Barton and while exploring the popular Wakes Week destination town of Cleethorpes.

this is the world seen from the edge of our vision, the sidelong glance, a world absorbed almost sub-consciously in passing, capturing aspects of urban and rural landscapes as the viewer moves through them

“As a photographer I have tried many times to capture this experience but all too often I capture only the place, not the journey, not the travelling. The processive images I am working on now are the closest I have come yet. The motion of the camera facing sideways produces repetitive, fragmented and distorted pictures that convey a dynamic sense of movement: a series of moments compressed and dragged into a single still image: the vague and fragmented memory of a journey, repetitive yet barely observed. A smear of sensation.

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Brian Larkman

More of Brian’s images are combined into a video and sound installation created by Yorkshire sound recordist, Paul Ratcliff, who sonically responds to these photographs and the places depicted in these images with field recordings. These location-specific sound recordings are of; trains, coastal seascapes, bustling towns, the Humber bridge, level crossings, and spring birdsong and calls, from the Cetti’s warbler, Reed warbler, Black cap, Greenfinch and White throat.

Other examples of Paul’s work can be found at: https://www.sound-art-photography.com

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