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Photograph

Artist/Maker

John Arnison's photographs of waterfalls were captured by the artist during his long night-time excursions in the remote Yorkshire countryside. Arnison hiked for hours to reach each location, even abseiling to access one waterfall. His chosen scenes were lit with handheld torches, with the help of an assistant. The nocturnal setting and difficulty in accessing some of the locations make Arnison's Waterfalls series a particularly unusual depiction of the British landscape. The images present an adventurous response to the traditional picturesque representations of waterfalls, whilst also evoking a sublime sense of awe and the insignificance of man when faced with the drama of nature.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Photograph by John Arnison, 'Aysgill Force', gelatin silver print, 2009
Physical Description
Black and white photograph depicting a waterfall and surrounding rocks.
Dimensions
  • Paper width: 30cm
  • Paper height: 40cm
  • Image width: 28.0cm
  • Image height: 28.1cm
Credit line
Given by the artist
Summary
John Arnison's photographs of waterfalls were captured by the artist during his long night-time excursions in the remote Yorkshire countryside. Arnison hiked for hours to reach each location, even abseiling to access one waterfall. His chosen scenes were lit with handheld torches, with the help of an assistant. The nocturnal setting and difficulty in accessing some of the locations make Arnison's Waterfalls series a particularly unusual depiction of the British landscape. The images present an adventurous response to the traditional picturesque representations of waterfalls, whilst also evoking a sublime sense of awe and the insignificance of man when faced with the drama of nature.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2814-2016

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record createdNovember 25, 2016
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