Richard Denyer photographs Neither Land nor Water to display at Norwich Arts Centre

Ruth Hazard | 17 February 2012
A photograph of a waterway surrounded by trees and grass in Norfolk
© Richard Denyer

Exhibition: Richard Denyer: Neither Land nor Water, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, until March 10 2012

Using the landscapes of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, Richard Denyer aims to explore the relationship between land and water, as well as the natural and the man-made, in a series of documentary-style photographs.

Never before have the broads attracted the attention of contemporary photographers in this way, but Denyer saw the potential after being commissioned to take pictures of the Waterways during the 1980s and 1990s.

Having also lived in the area since 1974, the photographer, who considers himself "slightly local", developed an interest in the construction and positioning of the buildings that encroach on the surrounding wetlands.

Having received funding from the Arts and Norfolk County Council, this new exhibition allows him to take a more reflective examination of the scenery.

His focus is the contrasting visuals between the buildings, reflecting the style common to wetland settings and other man-made interventions that force urban aesthetics into the natural scenery.

Denyer builds upon the themes he establishes in the images of the Norfolk and Suffolk with a set of pictures captured in a scenic part of Northern Holland.

By positioning the English Broads alongside shots of Friesland, the artist offers further exploration into "broad land style", with the pieces reflecting both similarities and differences between the two wetland areas.

What they also illustrate is the way in which decisions about construction are culturally specific and relate to social and political attitudes towards inhabitants, visitors and the wider environment.

By allowing viewers to experience remote areas of the waterways that can only be seen by boat and so often remain hidden, Denyer hopes his work will create an awareness of the impact that development has on these sensitive environments.

  • Open 10am-6pm (closed Sunday). Admission free.

More pictures from the exhibition:

A photograph of boat sheds on a river in Norfolk with a view of the jetty at the front.
© Richard Denyer
A photograph of a summer house overlooking a lake surrounded by trees
© Richard Denyer
A photograph of a fish sculpture by a lake in Holland
© Richard Denyer

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