Photographer Mark King has achieved what he was told would be impossible, showing lasers in what appears to be daylit photographs to mark out the planned HS2 route through the Chilterns. A series of powerful, thought-provoking images images from his ground-breaking project are on display as part of Bucks Open Studios from 7 June – 21 June in Old Amersham.All photographs © Mark King http://www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk/exhibitor_details.asp?id=2855
The project evolved as a result of Mark recently moving from London to Amersham and rediscovering the countryside.
“I grew up in a rural setting in New Zealand then lived in London for 15 years before moving out to old Amersham” says Mark, “I immediately reconnected with the countryside and was inspired to undertake a new landscape project. I was excited about trying to create a sense of line and perspective in a photography project and initially started looking at hedgerows, country lanes and electricity pylons – any organic or man-made construction in the landscape that created a line. Everywhere I went I was confronted by HS2 signs so I started investigating where the proposed route went and what landscape it passed through.
I came up with the idea of using lasers to depict the planned HS2 route. If my images help to engage people who haven’t previously taken notice then hopefully I have done my job as an artist”
Laser Photography project ‘HS2 // Intervention’ by Mark King:
7 – 21 June, Amersham Town Council, The River Room, Flint Barn Court, Church Street, Old Amersham, HP7 0DB (Opposite St. Mary’s Church. Free parking off School lane. Refreshments available)
Weekdays: 9am-5pm, Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm, Sun: 11am-4:30pm Part of Bucks Open Studios and the Amersham Art Trail