So glad to have discovered Francis Hodgson’s missives on photography. Invariably sensible words and interesting thoughts that push my own understanding that little bit further. This post is a good example…

Francis Hodgson

Years ago I formulated a serviceable description of the great British landscape photographer Fay Godwin as being largely interested in places that had once been more important to people than they now were.  It didn’t apply to everything she did, but it was a start.  Fay was never interested solely in what the land looked like.  She was interested, if one can put it this way, in what the land meant.  She read landscapes for their old palimpsests: the layers and layers of stories each of which had left a trace to be unearthed by an eye as sensitive as hers undoubtedly was.  It was archaeology without spades.  She photographed drovers’ roads knowing that half the population today aren’t quite sure what droving is, let alone where its roads had to go.  She photographed the great stone circles at places like Callanish, knowing that there is nobody alive who knows…

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  1. Francis used to run the Zwemmer Photography Gallery and he was one of the first people to recognize some worth in my work. He was kind, helpful and encouraging, which believe me was extremely rare in the art world of the early 1990’s. His words, advice and encouragement saw me through some times when I nearly gave up. He is such an interesting man with a huge brain and I will ever be grateful to him. PK

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