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Unknown Land

Unknown Land

This project asked us to take inspiration from found imagery of landscapes. The idea was not to represent what we saw in the image, but to allow the feeling of it to give us a new perspective in order to create a new landscape. In my mind the image conjured up deserted beaches and untouched countryside, with an atmosphere of foreboding and loneliness. After several attempts at recreating what I saw, I discarded both the original found image and previous drawings in an attempt to recreate the scene from memory. Without knowing the context of the original scene, I felt intrinsically linked to the image formed, as it came from my imagination but represented nowhere. An Unknown Land of sorts.
It was only after the drawing was finished that I was told the original image was an old sepia photograph of the aftermath of the Crimean war.

Black and White Ink, A2