Photographer’s new view of Rocks

Brimham Rocks can be viewed in a whole new light with an exciting exhibition by esteemed photographer Joe Cornish.
Brimham Rocks at night. Picture: Joe CornishBrimham Rocks at night. Picture: Joe Cornish
Brimham Rocks at night. Picture: Joe Cornish

As part of the 50 years of the National Trust at Brimham, the renowned Yorkshire landscape photographer has produced a new series of works, including night-time shots, that will be on display from June 21 to November 30 at the site’s visitor centre.

Joe, who has a passion for the popular Brimham Rocks, said: “The photographs and mixed media pieces for this exhibition were created through numerous visits to Brimham in many conditions, and subsequent ruminations on the nature of geological time.

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“Inspired by what lies above the surface, the intention is to reflect on what lies beneath it, something that finds its equivalent in the human condition.

Photographer Joe Cornish.Photographer Joe Cornish.
Photographer Joe Cornish.

“Although landscape photography remains the primary form of expression, by using words and paint as well I hope to question the hard boundaries that exist between different media, as well as exploring the interplay of material and energy inherent in sedimentary geology.”

Not all of Joe’s works for the exhibition are taken at night.

Some of his daylight images display a variety of depths of field, showing the rock formations many know so well, countered against extreme close-ups of the rock structures within the same image.

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Although known primarily as a photographer, Joe hasn’t always worked in this medium, originally beginning his artistic career working in fine art.

Through his work on this project, Joe wanted to combine his photography with the chance to go back to his fine art beginnings.

The results show an experimental aspect to his work combining photographs with added elements of paint and text.

Justin Scully, General Manager of Brimham Rocks said: “We’re delighted to be working with Joe, especially since we had to postpone the exhibition because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Joe’s work captures the power of landscape at Brimham but also helps us look at it in a new light at a time when, as well the growing appreciation of nature, we are also more than ever aware of the threat to nature from climate change.”

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