Then There Was Us

The outline of England is traced in an evocative collaboration between a photographer and a painter, revealing its eroding edges.

2022-08-29 – Feature

British Isles, Urban, Landscape

A collection of fifty collaborative works on paper that include paintings by Danny Fox and photographs by Kingsley Ifill. Holy Island is a visual travelogue of their time together, In this new book published by Loose Joints, Holy Island explores the intersection of the rural and urban landscapes that make up modern-day Britain.

Over the course of eight days in December 2021, Danny Fox and Kingsley Ifill travelled across the length of the British Isles and back again. Setting off from near Dover, Kent, and making their way up the east coast as far as the Isle of Skye, Scotland, to then return by way of the West Midlands, Wales and many others locations on route. With no predetermined course, their journey was one of intuition and self-led discovery, encountering and documenting the reality of the British landscape unfurling ahead of them.

An insight into the value and importance of how collaboration between mediums can discover unseen and new avenues of story telling. Throughout the pages of this publication, each artist examines the many ways in which they perceive the identical set of prompts before them, the areas of similarity and difference between the two, a shared intuition and sense of creative endeavour. Holy Island is the third in a line of joint collaborations by the artists, and offers an honest and sincere assessment of the British landscape while incorporating subtly oblique references to the socio-political environments that have influenced their individual lives and time spent working together.

Founded in 2015 in London by Sarah Piegay Espenon and Lewis Chaplin, Loose Joints is an independent publishing house that work with well-known and up-and-coming artists on modern approaches to photography in books.

Holy Island by Kingsley Ifill and Danny Fox is published by Loose Joints. through to www.loosejoints.biz

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