Finding ways to visualise the complexity of the human condition and its many contradictions is a central concern for many photographers, and in a world that feels increasingly polarised, this preoccupation feels especially urgent. But as autumnal evenings close in and carved pumpkins glow, let us not forget the stranger things that may lurk among us – things which, despite only fleeting recorded sightings, so deeply grip the public imagination.
Join us on Tuesday 14th November as PhotoForum explores the supernatural: an evening of mythical beasts and extra terrestrials, of those who purport to have seen them first-hand – and the work of two photographers documenting these phenomena.
Harry Rose is a photographer and researcher working at the British Journal of Photography with a keen interest in folklore and mythology. For the past two years, he has been working on a project exploring evidence for the the Bigfoot in the UK, working with experts in the field and those who have had first hand encounters. He will be sharing some of the stories and images he has gathered in recorded sighting locations.
Ed Sykes studied at Nottingham Trent and the London College of Printing before going on to produce features and portraits for national newspapers and magazines. His work has been recognised by The John Kobal Award and the AOP with his environment driven personal work attracting commercial clients including Channel 4, British Land and Ogilvy & Mather. Ed will be showing his current UFO project, 'The Witnesses', which has been shown at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in a show entitled The Museum of The Real and The Odd and most recently at Four Corners, Bethnal Green. 'The Witnesses' is based on events in 1977 in an area of Pembrokeshire that became known as The Broadhaven Triangle. Across the region people saw strange lights, UFOs and alien figures in the landscape. The project includes photography and archive material to recreate the paranormal narratives that so vividly captured the public's imagination 40 years ago.