Simon Norfolk (British, 1963-)
chromogenic process color print, Image: 48.60 x 60.80 cm (19 1/8 x 23 7/8 inches); Paper: 58.50 x 70.70 cm (23 x 27 13/16 inches); Matted: 71.12 x 81.28 cm (28 x 32 inches). The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 2008.162
In his explorations of war, Norfolk seeks to capture its impact on humanity and the environment. In this image, the peaceful, sun-drenched date grove belies the presence of conflict. Shadowed on the ground, however, are spent shells, abandoned boots, and a crumpled tarpaulin. Norfolk sees it as his duty to make the viewer examine the scene more closely and recognize its true nature: a site of war.