John Piper (1903-92) is best known as a painter and printmaker, but photography played an important part of his practice throughout his career as an artist. He rarely used photographs as sources for his paintings, more as an adjunct, and they share with the work of fellow artist-photographer Paul Nash an artistic sensibility and questing for a deeper understanding of the British landscape, its spirits and (pre-)history.
Does this selection of images suggest an unexpected mash-up of M.R.James/Arthur Machen with a Shell Guide book? It works for me.
|Hopfield at Horsmondon, Kent|
|Backwater of the Thames, Lechlade, Glos., 1936|
|The Root-house, Badminton, 1974|
|Glass at Cherington, Warks.|
|Howard Monument, Rudbaxton, Dyfed|
|Font at Toller Fratrum, Dorset|
|Cheer up mate, might never happen...|