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As an artist and boater, Jim Cooke responds to the quiet mystery of the waterways. His fascination with canals began when he was a child walking, fishing and bird-watching, with his father, along the Coventry, Ashby and Oxford Canals. Aware that these waterways were drifting toward the tail end of their industrial working lives.

Through his photography he embraces the privilege of spending time reacting to the unique atmosphere and components of this man made landscape and showcases  his fascination for the relationship between chaos and order evident in bankside vegetation, the surface flow and the timelessness of water.

ā€˜Iā€™m always looking for visual signifiers that might express my affection for these resonant spaces and my respect for their history of toil.ā€™
Jim Cooke 2016

Jim Cooke is a photographer with special interests in the relationship between natural and manmade landscape. He has exhibited works nationally and internationally as well as being represented in major international collections. He is a senior lecturer in Photography at the University of Brighton.

Part funded by
Arts Council England
Canal & River Trust
Zelda Cheatle

This is a one year project that will culminate in exhibitions in the following venues;

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
2 June-2 July 2017
PV Friday 2 June

National Waterways Museum, Gloucester.
25 August-1 October 2017
PV Friday 25 August

Phoenix Brighton.
18 October-12 November 2107
PV Tuesday 17 October 2017 6-8pm

Drill Hall Gallery, Portland.
31 March-29 April 2018
PV Saturday 31 March 2018 6-8pm


1 Comment

  1. Jim makes a (perhaps unconscious) connection between these man-made canals and the “elongated intercellular spaces in plants”, also called canals. The ordered flow of life, and growth, and communication. There’s more to Jim’s work than meets the eye, and what you don’t see is as important as what you do. Jim’s point-of-view is of an internal landscape. It’s not “figurative”, and the figure is missing from the landscape because the figure is the one doing the seeing, not being seen. Jim’s right inside everything he sees, part of it. He makes the camera disappear.


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