Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings by showcasing the work of Portsmouth photographer Russell Squires in a new exhibition – Landings.
Russell uses a series of colour and monochrome shots to explore the French coastline where on June 6, 1944; British, American and Canadian forces landed on the Normandy beaches in one of history’s largest military assaults.
The idea of ‘landing’ is approached thoughtfully, and we confront his pictures both from looking out to sea and from the perspective of ‘coming up’ onto the beaches.
At the five-codenamed sites – Gold, Juno, Omaha, Sword and Utah – there is still some evidence of the battles; decaying concrete defences that bear witness to the violence of yesterday. When photographing the locations Squires did not want to focus on these structures;
‘My aim was to document the surrounding landscapes, to reflect upon the current environment and leave the connective discourse to the viewer.’
‘Landings’ was produced with no preconceived visual resolution; it was shot within a finite timeframe that required careful consideration upon the transformed landscape. Working with two distinct camera formats and utilising just ten rolls of film, giving a total of only ninety exposures, this project was constructed with a stringent methodology.
Join Russell on the 27 September at 12pm to view and discuss the work. Book your place by emailing email@example.com
View Perspectives on Place review of the work here