All posts tagged: Liza Dracup

Hit the North!

In 1972, while studying photography at Manchester Polytechnic, Daniel Meadows took over a disused shop in Moss Side’s Graeme Street and turned it into a ‘free photography studio’. Shooting people for nothing, and sending them their portraits or putting the prints in the shop window, Meadows was able to keep going for eight weeks before he ran out of money. Troubled by the fact that those whose images were in the shop window could no longer see the photographs, he laid out the remaining prints on wooden boards and nailed them to trees in the local park. He later realised this had been his first exhibition.

2018-04-03T09:13:32+00:00

Liza Dracup’s Yorkshire Landmarks on show at Harrogate

Dracup was given access to the Mercer Art Gallery’s collection of Victorian photographs and invited to respond to them in her own way. Dracup mader her name in the photography community when she was nominated for both the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 and the Prix Pictet (Earth) Photography Award 2009. She selected mainly stereoscopic photographs taken within a 35 km radius around Harrogate, often by anonymous photographers. She was looking, she says, for “the feeling of the ordinary landscape’. Landmarks features Yorkshire locations like Hackfall Woods, The Strid Wood at Bolton Abbey, the railway bridge crossing the River Nidd at Knaresborough and Ilkley Moor. She often explores aspects of the landscape at different times of the day and night, where the shutter remains open long enough to capture parts of the spectrum that are normally invisible to the eye. It is, says Dracup, an “in-between light that reveals opposites: light and dark, day and night”. Dracup’s pictures of Ilkley Moor at night, where the warming-up sodium street light illuminates the underbranches of a fir …

2016-09-30T16:43:05+00:00

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