11 November 2013
For several years Simon Roberts has focused his photographic research on the British landscape, exploring it in the light of the different ways in which it is lived, celebrated or transformed. His first effort was the book We English, (2009), an elegy of the landscape of leisure in the UK, followed by The Election Project, a public commission in which Roberts captured the many faces of the country through the stages in the election campaign of 2010. Pierdom is the third chapter in this photographic journey: a documentation of the piers built in the sea during the Victorian era, once an essential requirement of the seaside resort, now a vestige of a bygone age. While some were dismantled during the Second World War to prevent their use for landings by the Germans and others have been destroyed by decades of bad weather, the surviving piers remain as monuments to a significant phase in the history of British society and identity.
Simon Roberts. Pierdom
Robert Morat Galerie
November 2, 2013 – January 11, 2014