OPEN Eco: Frankie Knight, Molly and Maisie /// Tucked Dots Dating, Losing a Landscape: Havant Thicket Reservoir, 2021
Frankie Knight is a multi-discipline artist working across experimental photographic practices, music production, and film using sustainable techniques that explore environmental themes.
This project documented the ancient woodland and rare grasslands being lost by the construction of the Havant Thicket Reservoir. Voices of the community were recorded along with their portraits.
The photographs were taken on medium format film, developed using seaweed collected locally and fixed with saltwater, demonstrating non-toxic and sustainable alternative ways of working. By giving a voice to the local people the project allows a democratic and truthful response to the proposed development. Although a political issue, the work steers the conversation to the emotional and spiritual elements to allow for deeper engagement and reflection.
The name of each photo references the location it was taken using What3Words.
Frankie Knight is an early career creative practitioner and academic at Solent University. She studied Media Technology and recently completed a Masters in Critical Creative Practice. Frankie grew up in London but moved to the south coast to be closer to the sea and to have greater access to nature.
Photo Fringe invited artists to propose a single image to engage audiences and help us imagine a greener, fairer world. Artists were asked to respond to the question “How can photography make a difference to the climate crisis?"
The resulting outdoor exhibition of selected images by twenty artists can be found on Worthing seafront until the end of April 2023.
Sponsored by Metro Imaging Ltd with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Fund and Worthing Borough Council.