Tim Bowditch | Nick Rochowski
A collaboration between photographers Tim Bowditch and Nick Rochowski surveying the pedestrian walkways beneath London’s Orbital M25 motorway. Since its completion, the M25 has dramatically changed the landscape of the surrounding area and come to defne the boundary of the city.
Utilising online mapping tools to locate points at which one can pass underneath the motorway by foot, they are fascinated by the voids left by the motorway as it carves through the landscape. The road divides the countryside in two, leaving a visible and audible rip in the environment above the ground, and a no-man's land beneath. Together they aim to survey these voids at night, fusing an Achromatic Digital Back capable of creating wide spectrum black and white images. This kind of technology is often used for aerial topographic studies, as it is able to record the visible as well as the infrared and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum. By photographing at night with long exposures, they give the camera a completely blank canvas, devoid of contrast. Due to the way, light is recorded with such technology, hidden details become apparent and the landscape appears almost lunar in quality. They aim to present the work on a large scale that will adapt to the different sites. As part of an installation, the project will be presented with an immersive sound recording made by the artist Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau who has collaborated with throughout.
Exhibition: 17 May – 31 July 2013