The End of the Murmur of Things Divine
‘To observe the city edge is to observe an amphibian. End of trees, beginning of roofs, end of grass, beginning of paving stones, end of ploughed fields, beginning of shops, the end of the beaten track, the beginning of the passions, the end of the murmur of things divine, the beginning of the noise of humankind’.
Victor Hugo. Taken from Les Misérables
In what Victor Hugo called 'the bastard countryside' the large-scale photographs from this body of work depict areas that occupy the space between city and the countryside. These photographs, built on a series of pictures first begun in 2004, explore the beauty of the banal and in particular roadside embankments and its peripheries. Travelling along a particular stretch of road regularly over a number of years, I gradually became aware of these ‘screens. Built to visually screen the development of roadways and to muffle the noise of traffic, their formal flatness, structure and colour gave the pictures an almost meditative stillness.