Coastal Visions, my two-man exhibition with Gordon Butler, has opened in Whitstable yesterday.
On a perfect late autumn day, the town was buzzing with locals and visitors enjoying the half-term holiday at the seaside. Even as Gordon and I were installing the show, plenty of passers-by stopped for a look and a friendly chat.
If you are interested in buying prints, but can’t make it to Whitstable in the next fortnight, worry not – all of the images can be ordered directly – just contact Gordon or myself with the details. Here is the image for the exhibition:
Coastal Visions is a two-man photographic exhibition taking place at The View gallery in Whitstable from 26 October to 8 November.
Alongside the work of local photographer Gordon Butler, I will be exhibiting a selection of photographs of the Kent coast specifically chosen for this venue.
I have been walking and exploring the fascinating coastline of Kent for over a decade. The images I have chosen for this show reflect the varied character of its landscapes, from salt marshes to dense woodland.
All of the work on display will be available to purchase as affordable open edition prints, mounted and framed by the photographers. Please get in touch via email@example.com if you’d like to receive an inventory and price list of the works being shown.
Coastal Visions showcases the work of photographers Gordon Butler and Douglas McCarthy.
Gordon Butler was born and educated in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He graduated from art school with a BA in 3-D Design and moving to London in the 1980s. He lives in Whitstable.
Gordon’s passion is photographing landscape. “Our relationship with our environment is a complex one. We are shaped by it and we shape it. Our perception of landscape, our viewpoint, is constantly modified by the shifting balance between these influences. The aim of my photography is to encourage the viewer to contemplate this relationship.”
Douglas McCarthy was born in Dublin, Ireland and lives in south-east London. He has an Art History MA from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In recent years, Douglas has photographed extensively to the east of London in the Thames Estuary, the Essex coast, the Medway and the isles of Sheppey and Grain.
The abiding concern of Douglas’s work is man’s influence upon his environment and the ways in which this is manifested over time. His work often explores the margins of towns and cities, where urban fabric begins to unravel: along river paths, through industrial hinterlands and out to the coast. His images are infused with documentary, landscape and graphical elements.
The View, 9 Oxford St, Whitstable CT5 1DB.
T: 01227 272333
‘In 1991 the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was Europe’s largest cable-stayed bridge, carrying southbound traffic across the River Thames from Thurrock in Essex to Dartford in Kent.
By utilising the existing twin tunnels exclusively for northbound traffic, the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge doubled the capacity of the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing. With a minimum air draught of 57.5m above high water, the four-lane bridge comprises a 450 main span, triple side spans of 181m plus viaducts exceeding 1km – reaching an overall length of 2.8km. The cable-stayed deck is formed from stiffened steel plate acting compositely with a structural concrete overlay, supported longitudinally by steel plate girders. The concrete river pier foundations have been designed to absorb impact from a 65,000 dead weight tonnage vessel travelling at 10 knots.’
(Text courtesy of Mott MacDonald Group Limited.)