Rockfalls and Ponds.
Photographs by Jem Southam. Introduction by César Alierta Izuel. Foreword by Sérgio Mah.
La Fabrica, 2011. 68 pp., Illustrated throughout, 11¾x9¼".
British photographer Jem Southam (born 1950) patiently
observes the topographical changes at a single location,
revisiting a site over months or even years. Sometimes the
recorded modifications are driven by man, as seen in his The
Pond at Upton Pyne series, which charts a village pond as it
is transformed by successive periods of neglect. At other
times, the transformations seem less steered by humankind,
but still suggest a delicate balance between nature and
man. Southam’s acute sensitivity to place is well represented
by this handsomely bound monograph.