Views of Matlock Bath channels visual traditions and tropes from both photography and painting. Championed for its picturesque qualities by the tastemakers of their times, including Byron and Ruskin, the valley bore witness to the consolidation of the English Landscape tradition, the birth of the Industrial Revolution, and of mass tourism.
These interconnections and the relationship they bear upon how we view the landscape are explored through the sequencing of the photographs. Enchanted woods, car parks, picnic benches, and grand views; nature and the man-altered. The contention formed between these opposites presents a contemplative space in which to reflect upon how representations of Landscape since the Industrial Revolution have been complicit in our disconnection from it.
George Miles is a photographer from the UK. His work examines how the land is used, viewed, and mediated; physically and through its representations. His pictures have been exhibited in the UK and the United States. He has published several photobooks. This project started after he began an informal correspondence with Stephen Shore, continuing under his guidance and mentorship over the next three years. This show revisits the larger body of work that was published as a book in 2014.