Stephen Brigdale – Landfalls


by Stephen Brigdale

exhibition continues until 29/04/12

This exciting new work links its audiences to the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking, raising awareness of and creating a connection to the cities and places in the maritime story of the Titanic as they exist today.

The exhibition explores the cities, along with key sites and places linked with the Titanic’s construction and fated maiden voyage.  The work is informed by field research and delivered through a visual narrative exploring both their physical and cultural formation and significance to the Titanic story.

Brigdale’s commitment to fieldwork enables him to generate a visual language that explores linkages between place, manmade urban landscapes and our fragile human existence.

A diversity of locations has been visited in the production of ‘landfalls’ from the Harland & Wolfe Shipyards in Belfast, including interiors of the drawing office, through to rooftop footage of the construction of the new Titanic Quarter. From imagery of the telegraph lines, lighthouse and site of the Marconi radio station on the far flung Cape Race on the eastern shores; the closest landfall to the stricken Titanic and setting for an emotive night time sequence, to the Manhattan dock where Titanic would have arrived.

‘The use of long slow pans & fixed camera positions lead the audience to consider different geographic places at the same time.’ – Stephen Brigdale

Behind Brigdale’s beautiful images of lost places and urban landscapes is a powerful reminder of our own human fragility, fragility we share with the natural and manmade worlds around us. –  Daniel Crow

The installation consists of a large-screen video projection and incorporates amplified sound, photographs and textual works.

Mr Stephen Brigdale is a Senior Lecturer in Photography & Visual Arts at Southampton Solent University.  His ongoing visual research and documentation, using both still and moving images continues to progress ideas of narrative and place.  Through his work we are confronted with a sense of displacement and reminded of how the intentions of mans built environment can be transposed, eroded and transformed.