Nicholas White - The Militarisation of Dartmoor

Green Hill Arts, Fore St, Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8LL

Saturday 03 May 2014 – Wednesday 25 June 2014
Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays 10:00 - 16:00

Nicholas White is an Okehampton-based photographer whose work is themed around landscape, exploring narratives related to human intervention, the environment and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces. He graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Photography. The award winning, Militarisation of Dartmoor examines the way in which Dartmoor, one of 15 designated National Parks in the United Kingdom, is used for the training of our Armed Forces. Embracing the infrastructure as part of Dartmoor's cultural heritage whilst simultaneously acknowledging the environmental impacts inherent with military practices, the body of work adopts a neutral standpoint. This invites the viewer to consider the ways in which the Ministry of Defence use our natural spaces and encourages them to draw their own conclusions about the politics of this use, with relation to conservation, public access and national defence.

Work on the project began in early 2012, at the dawn of a renewed 21-year license from the Duchy of Cornwall, who lease the land to the Ministry of Defence. As British troops begin to withdraw from a conflict role overseas and return to extensive and rigorous training, the shape and appearance of the Dartmoor Training Area, and indeed that of the entire Defence Estate, will be manipulated further to accommodate the needs of a contemporary fighting force.

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