HS2 im­pact de­picted for art in­stal­la­tion

Pho­tog­ra­pher will show work next month

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.


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