Metro is delighted to have produced a large-scale C Type
, Dibond mounted
print for ‘Forest of London 2013’, a unique exhibition featuring an immersive sound and photographic installation. Photographer Emile Holba and sound artist Gawain Hewitt collaborated on this project which aims to transport onlookers to the Forest of London in 2013 through photographic images and a touch sensitive sound sculpture built from wood and steel.
The Forest of London project began in Spring 2013 and is an on-going, long-term project. It explores a fictional Thames Valley which has never been colonised and where the native woodland of this corner of the British Isles remains undisturbed. Audio and images have been collected from sites within London still considered to be ancient woodland. Investigations of these sites in the 21st century have provided such an extensive and rich source of narratives that Gawain and Emile will be expanding the project to encompass the collective pressures of urbanisation, industry and recreation in the capital - a fragile frontier. Emile explains “We wanted to investigate whether woodland sites in London, classified as 'ancient', were indeed that, and whether they offered an intermission and true solitude from the hustle and bustle of London's vibrant urban life.”
Emile captured his images using a Toyo Field 45AII camera & Schneider Apo-Symmar lens. Emile explains “Aside from the gloriously emotive feeling, viewing a freshly processed 4 x 5 negative, my choice of camera and lens for the Forest of London project was based on my desire to ensure that all of the very dense 'micro detail' of the forest - leaves, floor foliage and distant branches - was captured without fail, and that it would hold out under close scrutiny once enlarged to my exhibition print measurements of 1800 mm wide.”
The first instalment of this project is currently exhibiting as part of the prestigious City of London Festival.