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Photograph - '"Pastoral interlude"…it's as if the black experience is only ever lived within an urban environment. I thought I liked the Lake District; where I wandered lonely as a black face in a sea of white. A visit to the countryside is always accompanied by a feeling of unease; dread…'
  • '"Pastoral interlude"…it's as if the black experience is only ever lived within an urban environment. I thought I liked the Lake District
    Pollard, Ingrid, born 1953
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'"Pastoral interlude"…it's as if the black experience is only ever lived within an urban environment. I thought I liked the Lake District; where I wandered lonely as a black face in a sea of white. A visit to the countryside is always accompanied by a feeling of unease; dread…'

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Lake District (photographed)

  • Date:

    1987 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pollard, Ingrid, born 1953 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print, coloured by hand

  • Museum number:

    E.722-1993

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 61, box L

In the series ‘Pastoral Interludes’ Guyanese-born British photographer Ingrid Pollard explores issues of race, representation and the British landscape. The posing of her subjects in the Lake District, the epitome of authentic rural Britain, reveals the feelings of alienation and ‘otherness’ often experienced by black British people in rural areas. As a black British female artist, Pollard is one of those people whom the historian and writer C.L.R. James described as being in a position ‘to give a new vision, a deeper and stronger insight into both Western civilisation and the black people in it’.

Physical description

Hand-tinted photograph of a black woman, holding a camera, sitting on a wall before a wire fence in a field.

Place of Origin

Lake District (photographed)

Date

1987 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Pollard, Ingrid, born 1953 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print, coloured by hand

Marks and inscriptions

''Pastoral interlude'/...it's as if the Black experience is only ever lived within an urban environment./ I thought I liked the Lake District; where I wandered lonely as a Black face in/ a sea of white. A visit to the countryside is always accompanied by a feeling/ of unease; dread...'
Printed label fixed beneath photograph.

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm image, Width: 38.8 cm image, Height: 487 mm frame, Width: 480 mm frame, Depth: 32 mm frame

Descriptive line

Photograph by Ingrid Pollard, from the series 'Pastoral Interlude', hand-coloured gelatin silver print, Lake District, 1987

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1993

Labels and date

"'and what part of Africa do you come from?' inquired the walker...'

The show I participated in entitled D MAX (1987) was a turning point for me. It was when I first started working on constructed pieces. Pastoral Interlude was made specially for that exhibition. The work is a comment on race, representation, and the British landscape. Pastoral Interlude seems to have a lot of resonance for many people. It began as a way of articulating some of the experiences I had in England. It is really a metaphor, a skeleton on which I explored ideas about place, and where we all fit in". []

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Gelatin-silver process; Hand colouring

Subjects depicted

Field; Camera; Fence; Woman; Wall

Categories

Photographs; Black History

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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