“My series Land’s End was never meant to be political, nor was it intended to tie in to Brexit or the growing xenophobia of Britain, nor was it meant to be anything but a response to my previous work in America,” says photographer Anthony Gerace.
The series was shot back in April 2015. “When I arrived in St. Just, I photographed a crumbling mansion behind a stone wall and thought at length about why that view affected me,” he says. “On June 24, 2016, I felt like we were that mansion.”
Originally intended to act as a counterpoint to Anthony’s America series, the editing of the series made it take on this new, very poignant meaning for the photographer. “My photos are not meant, and do not try, to be political. Still: Britain is pretty scary at the moment, and is willing to become worse if it lets itself,” he says.
“It’s ironic that the only people in this series are staring out to sea: when I was in Cornwall, it felt as though I was at the edge of the known world, looking out into an ocean of possibility, or a future I couldn’t yet comprehend. As I walked and saw people staring it seemed as if we had some shared understanding; that we were looking for, or at, the same thing. But now it feels as if they’re merely staring at the void.”
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