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William Pettit (L6)BA (Hons) Photography

I am an environmental landscape photographer whose practice involves subverting traditional notions of documentary to create more emotive methods of documentation. Much of my work explores the psychological relationships man has with the land.

George Bernard Shaw once described Malvern’s quarried hills as having a ‘peculiar horror’. The appropriation of this title serves to couple the quarry’s controversial creation with recent tragedies and juxtaposes them against a seemingly idyllic setting. Shot on film, this series focuses on a beauty spot known as Gullet Quarry in Worcestershire and the events surrounding a number of tragic deaths over several summers since quarrying ceased. This series, A Peculiar Horror, considers how place and memory can become so intrinsically linked that one cannot seem to exist without the other. Shot during the autumn, it becomes a reflective commentary on the days that these unfortunate victims have lost due to their lives being so dramatically cut short.

The full 12-image sequence of this work can be found at www.hcaphotocollective.co.uk