Cloud Turrets
© Courtesy of Richard and John Buckham.

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Cloud Turrets about 1920
This dramatic, and almost surreal photograph, shows the diversity of cloud formations during a fierce thunderstorm. Buckham was the leading aerial photographer of his day and was renowned for his atmospheric shots of the landscape. He felt that the most spectacular cloud formations and theatrical light could be captured on “stormy days, with bursts of sunshine and occasional showers of rain”. Over the years Buckham amassed a vast collection of photographs of skies which he could integrate with a separate landscape photograph to enhance the drama and create a more impressive composition. He also often manipulated his images further by adding hand painted aircraft, such as in this image, which heightens the viewer’s awareness of the dominating power and scale of the natural world.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

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Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 197.7
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 38.00 x 45.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008