HS2 impact depicted for art installation
Photographer will show work next month
A PHOTOGRAPHER has created a ‘groundbreaking’ exhibition which uses lasers to replicate the HS2 track proposals across the county.
Mark King, of Rectory Way in Amersham, will show his work during the county’s visual arts event, Bucks Open Studios, and it will also be on the Amersham Art Trail. The lasers in the photography depict the HS2 route through the Chilterns.
Mr King, who is from New Zealand, said: “I remain impartial in my views on HS2, I just wanted to create photography about it.
“I have tried not to take a view on what is wrong and what is right, people can make up their own minds. The idea is original and unique, I wanted to do something that was different and thought I would give the laser idea a shot. What I have achieved shows laser beams clearly visible in what appears to be daylight and, in some cases, having an effect on the landscape itself.
“This is groundbreaking in the photographic world.”
Since moving from London to Amersham in January, Mr King became inspired to undertake the project.
He hopes to show the effect on the environment the contentious scheme could have.
He said: “The High Speed Two train line between London and Birmingham is very controversial and will have a large impact on people’s lives and the environment, if it goes ahead. Serving as an important historical document, the project demon-
CUTTING: Mark King’s project uses lasers to demonstrate the impact on the environment of the planned HS2 route strates how the landscape could be irrevocably transformed.”
The photographer, who has received awards from The Royal Photographic Society, thinks anyone interested in HS2 would enjoy the exhibition. The show will run from Sunday, June 7 until Sunday, June 21 at Amersham Town Council, in Flint Barn Court.
It will be open on weekdays, from 9am until 5pm; on Saturdays, from 10.30am until 5.30pm; and on Sundays, from 11am until 4.30pm.
To find out more about Mark King, see www. markkingphotography. com.