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[Image of the Day] Pastoral Interlude by Ingrid Pollard: Exploring the Black experience of the English countryside

[Image of the Day] Pastoral Interlude by Ingrid Pollard: Exploring the Black experience of the English countryside

Ingrid Pollard’s ‘Pastoral Interlude’ explores the experience of Black people living in the English countryside. Steeped in the heritage of Wordsworth and the Romantic poets, her photographs explore the beauty of the English landscape and coastline, alongside the memories hidden within England’s history and its relationship to Africa and the Caribbean. Her interest in the layers of history is echoed in her use of 19th century photographic techniques.

 

“…it’s as if the Black experience is only lived within an urban environment. I though I liked the Lake District where I wandered lonely as a Black face in a sea of white. A visit to the countryside is always accompanied by a feeling of unease, dread….”

 

“…Searching for sea shells, waves lap my Wellington boots, carrying lost souls of brothers & sisters released over the ship side…”

via We English