Between 2010 and 2014, Marc Wilson has been photographing the images that make up The Last Stand. This piece of work aims to reflect the histories and stories military conflict and the memories held in the landscape itself. The series is made up of 86 images and is documenting some of the physical remnants of the Second World War on the coastlines of the British Isles and Northern Europe, focusing on military defence structures that remain and their place in the shifting landscape that surrounds them. Many of these locations are no longer in sight, either subsumed or submerged by the changing sands and waters or by more human intervention. At the same time others have re-emerged from their shrouds.
Over these four years Marc has travelled 23,000 miles to 143 locations to capture these images along the coastlines of the UK, The Channel Islands, Northern & Western France, Denmark, Belgium and Norway.
Here Marc Wilson leaves us part of his work:
- Saint-Palais-sur-mer II, Charente-Maritime , France. 2014.
- Colleville-sur-mer I, Normandy, France. 2014-2.
- Dunkirk, Nord-Pas-De-Calais, France. 2012.
- Wissant II, Nord-Pas-De-Calais, France. 2012.
- Vorupor II, Nordjylland, Denmark, 2014.
- Lokken, Nordjylland, Denmark, 2014.
- Haugesund IV, Rogaland, Norway. 2014.
- Lossiemouth II, Moray, Scotland. 2011.
- Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, England. 2011.
- Brean Down II, Somerset, England. 2012.
- Torcross, Devon, England. 2011.
- Studland Bay I, Dorset, England. 2011.
- Newburgh I, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 2012.
- Sainte-Marguerite-sur-mer, Upper Normandy, France. 2012.
- Cramond Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland. 2012.
If you are interested in knowing his collection you can buy his book in the following link: The Last Stand book
Photos taken by Marc Wilson. He was born in London, now living in Bath, England. He has been a photographer for over 15 years, both on long term projects, and commercially since 2004. His projects document human interaction in the landscape, through subjects of memory, history and society. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally in Athens, Milan, Grenoble & New York.
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