Saddleworth is the result of a five-year creative journey by Matthew Murray, fuelled by his desire to build an extraordinary and entirely new body of work. This venture into the British landscape became an exploration, a personal study, almost becoming therapeutic to Murray, as he traversed his own private life changes.
What evolved and then became paramount to Murray’s exploration of these ever-changing scenes, was how photography translated the landscape. Here his manipulation of natural and artificial light challenged the representation of the traditional landscape through both photography and painting.
The result is a photographic odyssey, which captures not only the astonishing and beguiling beauty of this moorland landscape, but also the dramatic ephemeral changes caused by the season, or simply the hour that each image was taken. A selection of these works are premiered at the midlands arts centre in Birmingham.
The exhibition is produced by Grain Projects
Open - Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 – 18:00, Monday: Closed
Photo: Matthew Murray – Saddleworth Moor, Peak District