All England Waits
I wandered out
into the meadow
I buried my face
in the grass for
and wished the earth
Between September 1939 and September 1945, Britain was at war. In the first full year of the war there were 534,000 weddings, 125,00 more than there had been in 1938.
‘All England Waits’ was made in response to love letters held in the archives of the Imperial War Museum in London. Written by women to their menfolk, the letters speak of ordinary lives, of country walks, memories and dreams. By bringing together text, found archival imagery (much of which was bought from strangers on the internet) and contemporary landscape photographs made in locations significant to the letter writers, the project articulates something of the experience of women in wartime, yet also transcends this context to speak more generally about love and the fear of loss. The work moves the focus away from the men who fought and died and the places in which the conflicts were 'played out', offering the viewer the opportunity to reflect on the realities of war, through women’s eyes.
Denise Myers is a British photographer who focuses on themes of history, landscape and women’s issues. A recent graduate of the BA Documentary Photography coures at the University of Wales, Myers was last year nominated for the Magnum Photos & IdeasTap Photographic Award. She is interested in elements of craft, and mostly shoots with analogue technologies. She is the Recipient of the Reginald Salisbury Award, and her work is held in the in the Reginald Salisbury Collection. She has been part of group and solo exhibitions and last year completed a commission for the Nuffield Hospital, Bristol.
The featured photographer for February 2014 was Denise Myers