Born in London, 1968. Now living in Bath, England.
My work documents the memories and histories that are set in the landscapes that surround us.
My most recent work, ‘The Last Stand’, was researched and photographed over a four year period. It looks at some of the remaining Second World War military coastal defences around the coastlines of Northern Europe, from Norway to the Franco Spanish
border and The Northern Isles of the UK. The work was one of the award winners at The Terry O’Neill award in 2013 and was published as a book in late 2014. It has sold out of its 1st edition by early 2015.
My current work, set around a different subject but still looking at memories in the landscape, is set throughout the European mainland, with locations in 20 different countries. Solo exhibitions include those at The Royal Armouries Museum, Focal point Gallery and The Anise Gallery, London. Group shows include those at The Photographers Gallery and the Association of Photographers gallery, London.
My work has been published in journals and magazines ranging from The British Journal of Photography and Raw Magazine to Wired and Dezeen.
“It’s large format work and it’s quite beautiful (Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology may be the most recognised photography of sea defences but that’s a different kind of book) . Everything is shot in subdued diffused light, the pre-dawn it looks like much of the time, and the way in which the different defences merge and crumble into the landscape of which they are now part…. The Last Stand is as multilayered as the landscapes which it features; there’s historical detail wrapped folded over into a chronotopia of functional brutalism, mixed with local touches that feeds into the geological, panoramic and tactical. All the boxes are ticked in Robert Adams traditional landscape list: there’s geography, autobiography, and metaphor. But on top of that, Wilson gives us a politicised view of landscape and power that ties back to survey photography of Timothy O’Sullivan and the work of Mitch Epstein. Layered into that is an Arcadian vision. With its focus on Northern Europe it’s a dystopian Arcadia; there is a pagan feel to Wilson’s pictures, a syncretic vision where geology, flora, climate and war find a single expression. And it’s beautiful.” – Colin Pantell
Ma Photography LCP (1999)
Ba Photography LCP (1996)
BSc Sociology Edinburgh University (1992)
Awards / Publications:
2014 The Daily Mail
2014 Architects Journal
2014 Raw View magazine
2014 Design Observer,
2014 The Guardian Online
2013 BBC In Pictures
2013 Terry O’Neill Award prize winner
2012 Wayne Ford – The Last Stand
2012 Photomonitor – The Last Stand
2006 PDN Photo Annual
2000 Published in British Journal of Photography
1995 Published in British Journal of Photography
2015 Athens Photo Festival – Main exhibition
2014 The Anise gallery, London – book launch
2014 Peacock Visual Arts – Aberdeen.
2013-2014 The Royal Armouries Museum – Leeds.
2013 Anise Gallery – London.
2013 The Royal Armouries Museum – Fort Nelson, Portsmouth .
2013 The Affordable Art Fair – Eyestorm – New York & London
2013 Terry O’Neill Award – Lucy Bell gallery, St Leonards.
2013 Terry O’Neill Award – The Strand gallery, London.
2010 Landscape One, The Lucy Bell Gallery, Group show .
2006 Association of Photographers, London. Group show.
2006 Association of Photographers, London, Sublime. Group show.
2005 New York contemporary art fair. Group show.
2005 Photo2005, Affordable art fair.
2004 Fluid gallery, Grenoble, France, Solo show. .
2002 Victoria and Albert Museum, Dislocation.
2001 Art 2001, London, Group show.
2000 Focal Point gallery, Southend, Solo show .
1999 Now Showing Gallery, London. Solo show.
1998 Mary Wornington centre, Hoxton Sq. London. Group show .
1996 The Photographers Gallery, London. Group show.
1996 Instituto Europeo del Design, Milan. Group show.
1996 The Back Hill Gallery, Clerkenwell. London. Solo show.