“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.”
The theme ‘My Country’ showcases a wide cross-section of photographic genres from portraiture, wildlife, landscape and architecture right through to street photography. All of the photographers that have been included have used these genres to capture and portray what their country means to them.
The brief was left open to interpretation. Many chose to shoot their place of birth, some their place of residence and others focused on an adopted country or somewhere they visit regularly. The vast majority of photographers chose to portray their country in a positive light, showing a strong sense of patriotism and emotional attachment to the place they call home. Some though chose to use the opportunity to question the nature of democracy and the tangible effects of inequality.
Unsurprisingly, many artists wanted to celebrate the sense of national pride that comes from being born in or living in Great Britain. But other countries featured include Italy, Columbia, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Argentina.
The photographs showcase the people, wildlife, customs, monuments, landscapes, and the many symbols of national identity that make up a country and provide a strong sense of community and belonging for those who live there.
Roberto Baroni, Eleanor Bennett, Keith Britton, Susan Brown, Rebecca Cole, Martin Cox, Ajithaa Edirimane, Mario Gustavo Fiorucci, Lynn Fotheringham, Abdolrahman Hassani, Sheila Haycox, Daniel James, Anna Kadykova, Peter Kilminster, Amir Lavon, Steve McDonald, Emanuel Moldovan, Silvino Gonzalez Morales, Nadia Nervo, Mike Pearce, Nastasia Peteuil, Abby Rashman, Alexey Samoylenko, Tony Shore, Paul Smith, Adonis Stevenson, Louisa Stobbs