Photography Exhibition – Lindow Moss
New exhibition opening at The Manchester Museum
Lindow Moss: A Place of Finding by Stephen Vaughan
13 December 2008 – 12 July 2009
A new photography exhibition Lindow Moss: A Place of Finding by Stephen Vaughan documenting the landscape at Lindow Moss; the mysterious place where the preserved body of Lindow Man was found, opens at The Manchester Museum on 13 December 2008.
Over a period of more than four years, through changing seasons, Vaughan regularly returned to Lindow Moss in order to repeatedly photograph the trackway that runs through the centre of the peat bog, as well as the ‘peat-rooms’ that sub-divide the landscape on either side.
At the centre of the bog, and on its periphery, Vaughan’s photographs pay attention to the slow passage of time in the landscape – from small changes in the contemporary surface, to the revealed layers of distant centuries.
Vaughan commented, ‘for me, the vivid representation of the ‘place of finding’ is vital in order to connect the body to its original resting place. My photographs aim to provide a definitive and rich record of the landscape of Lindow Man’s deposit and discovery.’
Stephen Booth, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions said, ‘Stephen Vaughan’s work is a testament to the passage of time and disappearing landscape. His stunning photography captures perfectly the atmosphere of Lindow Moss, adding further mystery to the discovery of Lindow Man.’
The digging of peat has taken place on Lindow Moss for many years. It is being excavated so intensively that the landscape is rapidly disappearing. The primary purpose of Vaughan’s photographs arises from an urgency to record this ‘place of finding’, before it is completely emptied and destroyed.
Lindow Moss: A Place of Finding was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography in 2005.
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