Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Not really, I live a pretty simple life and don’t follow any prescribed ideologies. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Can’t even say the word….begins with B and ends in despair. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Several, you wouldn’t believe what I know…. What is it that interests you about photography? Its ability to convey an idea, feeling or emotion. What is the worst thing about city life? The noise, pollution and lack of empathy. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Australia & Russia What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? I don’t know, but when I read about spontaneous combustion as a kid I was terrified that would happen to me. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? No one, I am always sceptical of people who seek power and influence. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Quantum Mechanics – it’s baffling, therefore interesting. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? A few weeks ago, walking in a storm with two good friends. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Movie location Scout. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Any photo that makes me feel something. How often do you take other people’s advice? Not as often as I should. Describe a personal hell. 9-5 job in an office doing data inputting.
Which living person do you most admire? Anyone who tries to do good because they care about something. On what occasion do you lie? I try not to lie, only occasionally and about things which aren’t important. What was the last crime you witnessed? Our gallery window being smashed by drunk idiots. What is the best way to educate yourself? To be open, try things and be curious. What is the next book you want to read? I need to finish The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy. Ultimate camera? I always wanted a Leica Rangefinder when I was a teenager, but don’t really covet any camera now. Most used camera? Nikon D850. What object do you want? A nice house with a bit of land. What object do you need? Some new jeans. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? The ultimate distraction. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yeah, I’m well hench. Describe a cheap thrill. Going down a hill really fast on my bicycle. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The Moon landings. Are impulses more important than consequences? I always try to think before I act. Which talent would you most like to have? A beautiful singing voice that melts hearts and the ability to write music. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? To have a walk somewhere in nature with my girlfriend, drink tea, coffee, eat cake, then sit on the sofa and eat an indian takeaway, typical Sunday.
Born in Birmingham, Robert Darch is a photographer, educator & curator based in the South West of England. He holds an MFA with distinction in Photographic Arts and a MA with distinction in Photography & the Book.
Robert is the Associate Curator at Unveil’d and also created Macula a collective for young photographers based in Exeter.
This year Robert’s work was included in ‘Distinctly’, a major group exhibition of British Photography curated by Tracy Marshall, including work by Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Daniel Meadows, Tish Murtha, Ken Grant, Paul Seawright, Marketa Luscakova, John Myers, Niall McDiarmid & Kirsty Mackay.
Robert has just released his first book, The Moor, published by Another Place Press
The Moor depicts a fictionalised dystopian future situated on the bleak moorland landscapes of Dartmoor. Drawing on childhood memories of Dartmoor alongside influences from contemporary culture, the narrative references local and universal mythology to give context but suggests something altogether more unknown. The realisation of this dystopian future is specifically in response to a perceived uncertainty of life in the modern world and a growing disengagement with humanitarian ideals. The Moor portrays an eerie world that shifts between large open vistas, dark forests, makeshift dwellings, uncanny visions and isolated figures.
The sense of an on-going narrative is reinforced by the reoccurrence of characters, often appearing on edge, in peril or distressed. The inherent wildness of the landscape heightens this fragile sense of existence, with the suggestion of an unseen presence adding to the isolation and tension.
The fiction is grounded within the landscapes of Dartmoor, using found locations instead of overt staging, artificial lights or constructed sets. Shifting between pseudo documentary and constructed photography the Moor blurs that liminal space between fiction and reality.