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Our Year 10 photography class at Poltair School (St Austell) was invited to take part in an exploration of in-between-ness and 'limbo' within the environment by Antony Lyons the Artist-in-Residence at Wheal Martyn in the summer of 2018. We embarked on a journey exploring our immediate environment, its creation and the impact on our contemporary life. Antony came into school in May 2018 and spoke to the class about his work and the influences on his work. We discussed his own film-making and still imagery as well as the photographers that inspired his observations on the landscape.
Prompted by Antony, we began by researching diverse photographic styles, e.g. John Such, Edward Burtynsky and John Hinde Studios. Antony asked us to focus on the Treverbyn 'Sky Tip' as a local landmark and social landmark. We decided to ask parents, friends and relatives about their opinions of the Sky Tip. The findings helped us to evidence our contextualisation for exploring the man-made environment. Visits to the Sky Tip resulted in the images that are on display in the exhibition. We were also inspired by Antony to explore the idea of 'limbo' through film-making. This was a very thought provoking activity as it forced us to sit in complete silence for 8-10 minutes within the busy, noisy school environment. The films were then edited and layered with audio tracks that form juxtapositions with the visual imagery.
All the students thoroughly enjoyed the project. It allowed us to creatively explore our connections with our environment through still and film. 'Limbo Landscape' has become part of the year 11 GCSE coursework folder.
Thank you to Antony for all your input and encouragement!