Conceptual - NOMINEE: Peter Spurgeon
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This series relates to a secret British Air Ministry project that took place during the Second World War. Sound City film studios in Shepperton were commissioned to design fake cities, airfields, docks and oil refineries. The objective of this simulation was to divert enemy bombs away from the real targets. The decoys were set up a few miles away from the true locations and constructed using fires and electric lights. Today, only control bunkers remain at many of the sites as crumbling reminders of this forgotten endeavour. They sheltered the crew and housed generators for the lights. This simulation diverted 5% of enemy bombs away from their intended destinations.
The project is informed by archive sources and my images are made at former decoy locations. I am intrigued by simple ingenuity of the decoy designs and wish to record the disappearing structures and empty sites. I introduce theatrical lighting to animate the landscape and to evoke visual deception in war.
Peter Spurgeon is a British photographer, living and working in Bristol, UK. He completed a MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, Newport (2016).
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2016 MA Documentary Photography (Distinction) University of South Wales (Newport)
2017 ESPY Photography Award, Swansea
2017 Reclaim Photography Festival, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
2016 LIP Annual Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London
2016 USW MA Documentary Photography Graduation Show, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
2017 Shortlisted for the ESPY Photography Award
2017 Shortlisted for the Remote Photo Festival series competition
2016 Selected for Source MA Graduate Photography Online
2017 London Independent Photography magazine
2016 Source Magazine Graduate Photography