In his introductory essay by V&A Museum Curator Dan Cox describes Vale as presenting 'a distinctly unnerving and disorientating experience'. In this conversation Robert Darch discusses his new and intensely personal book and describes the thinking behind the photography.
Vale reflects on a long period of ill health Robert Darch suffered in his twenties and the isolation and loneliness he experienced because of that. Whilst he was ill Robert would get lost in daydream and fiction, creating imaginary worlds to temper the isolation and sadness. Vale reflects on this lost time and imagines a fictional summer spent swimming in rivers and exploring woods, underscored by a sustained sense of eeriness.
Robert will take questions after the formal presentation and conversation.
Copies of the limited edition book and editioned prints are available here: https://www.robertdarch.com/shop
Robert Darch is a British artist-photographer based in the South West of England. He has published and exhibited widely and his photographs reside in public and private collections. His practice is motivated by the experience of place, in which the physical geography and material cultures of places merge with impressions from contemporary culture that equally influence perception. From these varied sources, both real and imagined, he constructs narratives that help contextualise a personal response to place.
He holds an MFA with distinction in Photographic Arts and a MA with distinction in Photography & the Book from Plymouth University. He also has a BA with honours in Documentary Photography from Newport, Wales.
Robert is an Associate Lecturer in Photography at Plymouth University. See: https://www.robertdarch.com/
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Image: © Robert Darch.
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