Monday, 15 March 2010


It seems a bit puzzling, to me, to call James Ravilious 'a photographer of rural life.' Which is to say, it seems to me that the focus of his (undeniably very beautiful) images is not 'life' as such, but form; and that his art is 'rural' only in the trivial sense that it's not urban. That tangle, there (the image is at the top of the first page of Ravilious's webpage) -- that knot of texture and shade is much more Pollockian than it is (as it might be) Samuel Palmer.

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