A Photographic Truth

(2001)

A digital video projection based on a photograph of Hawkhurst Church, Kent by Benjamin Brecknell Turner.

For this digital video projection installation, video artist Chris Meigh-Andrews has drawn his inspiration from B.B. Turner’s calotype image of Hawkhurst Church in Kent, photographed in 1852.

This new work, specially commissioned for the Canon Photography Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is effectively a moving digital photograph; a projected image in continual transformation across time, moving throughchanging light conditions whilst exploring the potential of the original photograph’s reflected symmetry.

A Photographic Truth uses digital video technology to rework the original photograph’s composition, combining elements from different time-frames, locations, and weather conditions to blend the recent and distant past with the present, linking contemporary technology with the new technology of the Victorian era. Projected onto translucent paper, the subtly shifting digital image also links the two new photographic exhibitions at the Canon Gallery: Rural England Through a Victorian Lens: Benjamin Brecknell Turner, and Where Are We? Questions of Landscape.