After researching Fay Godwin’s work I feel the image below taken at Barry Island Bay fits aesthetic and political idea of inapproachable Britain. Albeit the photo is not in black and white such as Godwin’s images. The boat is left to rot in the deep mud of the bay and is completely submerged at high tide, nature’s ability to reclaim what man has discarded no matter its size. Even though the boat is the main focus of the photo the viewer is still able to scan the rest of the image at their leisure.
With no formal training Fay Godwin started out by photographing her children in the mid 1960s, then moved onto portraits, reportage and finally landscapes. She was famed for her creative interpretations of the landscape as for her campaigning to conserve it. She co-authored her first book in 1975 with John Richard ‘The Oldest Road: An Exploration of the Ridgeway’ which featured the landscapes of the North Wessex Downs and the Chilterns. Godwin was able to continue to develop her landscape photography in 1978 after receiving a major award from the Arts Council of Great Britain. Her quote whilst being interviewed by David Corfield in 2004 illustrates her love for landscape photography.
‘I don’t get wrapped up in technique and the like,’ she said. ‘I have a simple rule and that is to spend as much time in the location as possible. You can’t expect to take a definitive image in half an hour. It takes days, often years. And in fact I don’t believe there is such a thing as a definitive picture of something. The land is a living, breathing thing and light changes its character every second of every day. That’s why I love it so much.’
Illustration Burial Chamber: Godwin, F (Date Unknown) http://prints.bl.uk/art/406614/burial-chamber [Accessed 07/11/17]
Quote Godwin, F 2004 interview with journalist David Corfield http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/technique/fay-godwin-1931-2005-iconic-photographer-18907