The Island - Robert Darch

“How can photography negotiate a world where reality has become odder than fiction? Darch’s latest series, The Island, provides an answer. Landscapes and portraits together capture a country racked with tension. They are shot in black-and-white, and suffused with an almost palpable melancholy. There are mist-shrouded coves, murky hills and forlorn trees. The sea, emblematic of Britain’s decision to detach itself from its neighbours, is a persistent and forbidding presence.”

- The British Journal of Photography, Joe Lloyd

Year: 2022
Pubisher: Photo Editions
ISBN: 978-1-8382195-1-2
Printer: MAS Matbaa
Printing: Tri-tone + Varnish
Binding: Open Spine softback with flap
Size: 240x294mm
Pages: 84
Images: 43
Paper: Arctic Volume Ivory 150gsm
Font: Garamond

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On 23 June 2016, the UK’s electorate voted to leave the European Union. For Robert Darch, the morning after remains etched in the memory. “I woke up feeling this overwhelming sense of heaviness, and the sadness that we’d lost something,” he recounts. “It felt like a tipping point into the surreality that was to follow.”