Darkroom feature: Peter Luck

Peter Luck, long-standing Photofusion Member, has been printing in the darkrooms in preparation for his upcoming exhibition So: Now? from 1st to 16th June at The Greenwich Gallery, London.


The subject is change. There are signs of social change and rebuilding along the length of the Commercial Road. The Swanscombe peninsula in North Kent is perhaps to disappear under a theme park. Plenty of jobs are promised but one of London’s nearest quiet zones with traces of a significant past industry will be lost – if it happens. The Syral works in East Greenwich is now gone; the future of the site remains in contention. The Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord is a redundant iron smelting works made over as a park and popular arts and recreation venue retaining almost all structures. The photos, taken from 2007 to last month, document the present transitory state of these places in black and white images.

© Peter Luck

Most of this work fits into my long-term framework project of documenting the landscape of the tidal Thames and its close hinterland from London Bridge down-river to the sea, an area encompassing the City, Docklands and the Thames Gateway. The photos are black and white, usually deep focus and rarely concerned with close detail. The cameras I use are film cameras: an old Pentax S1A (approaching its 50th birthday) and an Xpan panoramic camera. I rarely crop an image once taken.

Exhibition Dates: 1-16 June 2013
Open: Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat-Sun 12-4

The Greenwich Gallery
Linear House
Peyton Place
London SE10 8RS