Retro: Military base remembered

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Photographer Gina Glover grew up under the shadow of nuclear attack.

She lived near a disused secret Second World War airfield used for the storage of weapons during the Cuban Missile Crisis – and has now put her memories of those environments into a series of images.

One of Gina Thurlow'simages from the Harrington airbase

One of Gina Thurlow'simages from the Harrington airbase

Gina, who lives in Harrington, has taken a series of pictures which draw upon her own childhood feelings of vulnerability in a time of global uncertainty in the face of all-out nuclear war.

She said: “As a child in the 1950s we travelled by pony and trap to picnic nearby and discovered the deserted Second World War airfield which was converted to a nuclear missile base in the 1960s.

“Thirty years later I began to photograph the site.

“The pictures I have taken there, as well as collapsing bunkers along the Moray Firth and missile target sites in the Baltic States and Germany reflect the monumental and emotional detritus of these areas and how they have succumbed to the corrosion of time, weather and nature.

‘Playgrounds of War’ presents the aesthetics of past wars, avoided wars and possible wars.”

Gina, 68, trained in Fine Art at Chelsea Arts School and went on to obtain a degree in photography from the University of Westminster. She has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally and was selected to show Playgrounds of War as part of a group show called A Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography, at the Beaux Art in Brussels.

Her work has also been displayed at the Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering.

She is also the twice winner of the Vision of Science Awards and has received the Hood medal from the Royal Photographic Society.

She explained: “My projects tend to be site specific, either in an art and science environment, through my artist residencies in hospitals or working on photographic landscape projects, which at present are concerned with our use of energy and the impact this has on climate change.

“I also co-founded the Photofusion Photography Centre In Brixton, where I am member of the gallery committee selecting shows and I also mentor and advise photographers on their portfolios.”

Gina has also now had a book published by Black Dog – The Metabolic Landscape: Perception, Practice and the Energy Transition, looking at climate change and the overuse of energy, alongside Geoff and Jessica Rayner.

On top of all of this, Gina is now showcasing her talents on what is thought to be the only global directory of artists, set up by businesswoman and supporter of the arts, Jean Dennis of St Albans.

Artists’ Info currently features about 500 artists from more than 30 different countries from across the globe.

It enables artists of all kinds, from painters to jewellers and photographers and ceramics-makers to showcase up to 12 pieces of work with links to their websites and contact details.

They can receive commissions from individuals and businesses – with no commission charged – in a simple and cost effective way.

Gina said: “The site is extremely professional and simple to use.

“It really helps us get our names and work out to a truly global audience without having to pay for studios or countless exhibitions.”

Jean added: “Gina’s amazing photography is a very welcome addition to the wide variety of art we now showcase on Artists Info.

“We also wish her every success with the launch of her new book in June.”

To find out more about the project and Gina’s pictures you can visit her website at ginaglover.com.