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Time and Mobility in Photographs of the Northeast Industrial Landscape

Department of Arts, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
Arts 2019, 8(3), 116;
Received: 2 July 2019 / Revised: 12 August 2019 / Accepted: 15 August 2019 / Published: 9 September 2019
This paper addresses documentary landscape photographs of the industrial and post-industrial Northeast of England from 1983 to 2005. Adopting a “mobilities” approach, this paper addresses these images as revealing a process, in which the movement of things and people, on multiple scales and timeframes, continually adapts space and the subjectivities of the people inhabiting it. The representation of mobility is considered in relation to issues of time in the photograph and it proposes one approaches these images not as static representations of a singular time and place but as part of an extended “event”. This interpretation was suggested by Ariella Azoulay and the approach encompasses the historical circumstances of their making, in addition to the multiple viewing positions of their consumption. As such, these photographs suggest an ongoing relationship between power, movement and dwelling. The paper advocates for a contemplative, relational viewing position, in which viewers consider their own spatio-temporal and socio-political position in regard to those landscapes, as well as a continuum of mobilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobilities; photography; mining; Amber Collective; County Durham; Azoulay mobilities; photography; mining; Amber Collective; County Durham; Azoulay
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