• Another Country

      Timberlake, John (2002)
      Solo exhibition of C-type prints, examining our visual and cultural relationship to the atom bomb.The interrelationship between constructions of landscape, constructions of history and the politics of landscape are explored through the legacies and tropes of the nuclear test photograph from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, English landscape painting and forms reflective of the popular imaginary. Through a process of juxtaposition and construction the work examines conceptions of truth; how they were to be derived, positively or negatively, from painting, model-making and photography. The series therefore comprised photographs of constructed dioramas, model figures and a painted backdrop depicting Romantic landscapes and nuclear clouds.
    • Colony

      Timberlake, John (2007)
      A solo exhibition of 10 framed photographic ink jet prints with drawing (108cm x 86cm). The installation addresses issues of realism and fiction in photography, and the construction of utopias and dystopias through the conceits of paradigms of realism, furthering Timberlake’s work concerning humanity, science and landscape. Timberlake is specifically interested in what kind of truths we expect from photography and drawing, in the context of his continued engagement with landscapes of the imaginary, and the role of photography in the construction of histories. In this series contrasts in scale and grids were combined with shifting perspectives to create compelling, unsettling and provocative images. The use of a large format rail camera allowed for an extended plane of focus and angled horizons similar to that of aerial photography; albeit over a very small patch of photographed land. In this way a field of detail was produced with a fragmented map of imagined spaces replacing the figure/ground dyad seen in some of the earlier work (for example the “Another Country” series). In this way Timberlake has sought to bring into question the position of the viewing subject.
    • Forgotten Cameras and Unknown Audiences: Photography, The Time Machine and the Atom Bomb

      Timberlake, John (Cambridge: Scholars Press, 2005)
      Timberlake’s research focuses upon the tension between realism and imagination that is produced when viewing photographic evidence of scientifically informed events. The chapter takes as its starting point two narratives of science fiction and fact involving the camera in a pivotal role. The forgotten Kodak camera which HG Wells’s time traveller refers to in and which, via negativa, plays a key role in the way the story is told and received by its fictional audience. This is examined in relationship to the photographic record of nuclear weapons development and testing, reflected in books such as George Dyson’s Orion, the Atomic Powered Spaceship (2002) and Richard Rhodes’s The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986).
    • Island Life

      Timberlake, John (2003)
      This sequence of photographs expanded upon some of the themes of constructed landscape and fantasy touched upon in the “Another Country” series in the context of the fictional construction of time and place. This time in the context of a sequence in which the shifting conventions of painting were deployed as a signifier of that which could not be photographed directly. The photographs explored tropes of the overlooked or marginal depopulated landscape, and combined this with imagery of the seashore (a repeated trope in fantasies of time travel) to represent in a sequence of photographs the ‘as yet unphotographable’, the passage of time over several hundred years. In this the series addressed the relationship between painterly realisms and the evidentiality of locational topographic photography.