Where are the Factory Photographs

posted by Bridget on 05 December 2013

The web is a great place to share and post up an endless diet of photographs, but not, it seems those taken by David Lynch.

There is a wonderful moment on the train journey to Derby from London, when you arrive at the East Midlands Parkway Station and out of the window, towering above you are the cooling towers of the Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station. These concrete monoliths are amazing structures and a wonderful expression of industrial beauty.

There are other views that I have lodged in my memory bank, all of which have something industrial lying at the heart of them. The Pont du Gard roman aquaduct; the view of Canary Wharf at night approached from the A2; the Didcot Power Station nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside; wind turbines along the Pas de Calais coastline; the FT printing presses at night along the A13 heading east.

So I was thrilled to read that The Photographers' Gallery will be exhibiting David Lynch's series The Factory Photographs, opening on 17 January 2014.

It is clear that Lynch has an affinity with the industrial process and is a kindred spirit in an appreciation of industry, so passionately expressed by this quote...

"I love smokestack industries. I love fire. I love the sound of a big factory. I love smoke billowing from the smokestacks. I love factory workers. I love great giant furnaces and steel, you know, implements. And I like it all the way down to medical instruments, too. I like oral pathology. I like (laughs) many, many, many things like these. But all these conjure a feeling. I like factory neighborhoods and the way they are, as a mood, as a world."

So excitedly I went in search of Lynch's photographs on the web, but with the exception of just one or two PR released photos, I failed to find anything.

This is curious from someone who has so much presence on the internet when it comes to his music and films. So I will settle for the analogue only experience in the New Year, in this era of digital industry.

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