Spectral Shores is a space about photography, landscape and the eroding shores of North Norfolk; with the trials and tribulations of working towards a practice led PhD peppered in, by photographer Jeanette Bolton-Martin.
After finishing my MA in 2017, I dove headfirst into the world of commercial photography; working as a full time freelance photographer and photographic assistant. However, as time went by I began to miss writing about photography and its theoretical implications, so one late night in early spring Spectral Shores was born. This desire to get back into arts research also led to the fateful decision to apply for a doctorate, so here we are. Photographer by trade, nerd by nature.
Spectral Shores is a document of my PhD research project focusing on the erosion of the North Norfolk coast, experimental practice, a space for other writings on photography and the occasional insight into the life of a PhD student.
“One of the functions of landscape art was to establish human scale, not only literally but cosmologically: what place people occupy in the order of things. Here, too, middle ground has been lost, with human beings now capable of manipulating on the microcosmic scale of genetic data and subatomic particles and the macrocosmic scale of dammed rivers, altered stratospheres, and the small exploding suns that constitute nuclear bombs, and drastically changing the direction of their world from both ends of the spectrum. Scale seems to be lost in the process, and in the landscape is where it can be reexamined, if not reestablished ”Rebecca Solnit, extract from ‘Scapeland’ an essay from As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender & Art