I wanted to write a post about this photograph: l11(p63).jpg its called Chatsworth lion, Derbyshire 1988. I find it very captivating. A black and white photo in a 6 x 6 frame. The tonality is lighter shades of gray. The shadows are very light and the white is off white. The stone lion is positioned in on the right side of the frame, takes up about 2/3rd of it and he seems to be asleep. Like a sleeping sentinel. behind him in the frame of a window is a statue of a reclining woman, one of those classical beauty figures as from ancient Rome or Greece. She is naked and has turned to look behind her in the direction of the lion, more precisely behind the lion, we can’t see where she is looking. The composition suits the subject very well, it is balanced and harmonious and maybe that is why I find it such a peaceful picture, its like the photographer stumbled across an intimate moment here, I feel as though I can hear the woman whispering to the lion and that when we move on the statues will regain life and continue where they left off laughing, talking etc.
I read somewhere that all landscape photographers leave something of themselves in their work, its impossible not to they say. I have only recently begun to feel this myself about my own work. In Godwin’s work you can feel her love for the land and the people who live on it that she is photographing, like this photograph:s12(p33).jpg Royal Military canal, East Sussex 1971.
You can also see her sense of humour and a sense of irony perhaps? Like this: l49(p103).jpg
how she was concerned “Godwin’s work there is an unequivocal, impassioned account of the effects of the closure of vast tracts of countryside for commercial, venal reasons, such as the rearing of animals and birds merely to shoot them. We see the final logic of the Highland Clearances, in concert with the destruction of the land by those who occupy it without regard for their longer-term responsibilities for its stewardship, on behalf of the wider population now, and in the future.
Phillip Stokes: A critics Assessment. l46(p100).jpg, and this l47(p101).jpg
Here is evidence of politics and the photographers politics in these photographs. I find it ironic that a lot of the issues raised in her work are still current today like land access, social justice, the crisis in agriculture and in rural areas. And that’s just in Ireland.