In this short bonus episode Sam and Paul visit the Sir Don McCullin 'Stillness of Life' Exhibition in Somerset. Held at Hauser & Wirth venue in Bruton, Somerset - this exhibition features over 60 images of various landscapes.
Sam and Paul discuss their first impressions and how they reacted to and engaged with the images upon first viewing.
Check out more info here: https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/26511-don-mccullinthe-stillness-life
TEXT FROM THE GALLERY (Hauser & Wirth):
"Regarded as one of the most accomplished war photographers of recent times, McCullin has spent the last six decades travelling to remote locations and witnessing harrowing scenes of conflict and destruction. Often referring to the British countryside as his greatest salvation, McCullin demonstrates the full mastery of his medium with stark black and white images resonating with human emotion. This personal survey depicts scenes from across the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, revealing McCullin’s innermost feelings through powerful compositions of wild heavens, haunting vistas and meditative still lifes.
Having been evacuated to the safety of Somerset during the Blitz, McCullin has had a lifelong connection with the open farmland and hill country of the South West, feeling at peace within the solitude of the expansive landscape. The largest body of work featured in the exhibition explores local areas within walking distance of the photographer’s home, including ‘The River Alham near my house, Somerset’ (2007), ‘The Dew Pond, Somerset’ (1988) and ‘Batcombe Vale’ (1992-93). McCullin is able to evoke dramatic painterly representations of his home county with quiet confidence, shifting between the flooded lowlands of the Somerset levels to woodland streams, nearby monuments and historic hill forts."
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