"To be placeless in one's remembering is not only to be disoriented; it is to be decidedly disadvantaged with regard to what a more complete mnemonic experience might deliver. Places serve to situate one's memorial life."
The Philosopher: E. Casey
Since its initial conception the photographic image has been influential in developing a sense of geographical imagination contributing to the process by which we 'picture place'. From picture postcards to magazine illustrations, the reproduction of images and their subsequent circulation has served to manipulate our ideas of landscape and its connections to national identity. Are our perceptions culturally determined? Or is the sense of identification with the landscape of our homeland a personal reflection of our lives?
The artists book England Remembered presents the 'thoughts of home' of the soldier poets fighting on the Western Front. The soldiers who sought to share the emotional turmoil of the Great War through their poetry and writings have inspired a group of modern day writers. Here the landscape appears as a metaphor for the passage of time, where the calm and tranquil settings serve only to accentuate the piercing words of the poets.
To see the wonderful archive photographs uncovered in the research for this book follow instagram @englandremembered. Get to know our modern day writers and read the extended biographies of the soldier poets on the englandremember.blog as we prepare for the England Remembered website launch and crowdfunding appeal in Winter 2019. This charity book providing donations for H4H (Help for Heroes) will be available to purchase at the end of the year. Photographs published with kind permission of the National Trust and West Dean Gardens. Supported by the University of Portsmouth.
Jacky Dillon MA
Jacky Dillon graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA (Hons) in Photography (2002) and has completed an MA in Art, Design & Media (2008).
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