Fay Godwin

The Trough Area at Chivas' Keith Bond No. 2 (About 1981)

About this artwork

This image was part of a 1982 book and exhibition, 'The Whisky Roads of Scotland'. The subject of the study was whisky manufacture in the northeast. Godwin likes to hint at past events in contemporary scenes - in this case the 'dumping' of malts into troughs for fermentation. The presence of the watchful customs and excise officers brings to mind the oppressive tax regulation from London during the eighteenth century and the often violent resistance of Scottish smugglers to the imposition of a whisky tax.

Fay Godwin

Fay Godwin

Fay Godwin first became interested in photography in the mid-1960s as a result of taking pictures of her young children. Alongside early portrait work, she developed a sophisticated landscape practice, often collaborating closely with writers to produce in depth surveys of particular rural topics or regions. Her photography has sometimes been linked to a tradition of romantic representations of the British landscape, in the manner of Bill Brandt or Edwin Smith. But, as a socialist and active environmentalist, Godwin makes the land in her photographs reveal traces of its history, through mankind's occupation and and intervention.