This book presents a critical and aesthetic defence of "non-place" as an act of cultural reclamation. Through the restorative properties of photography, it re-conceptualises the cultural significance of non-place. The non-place is often referred to as "wasteland", and is usually avoided. The sites investigated in this book are located where access and ownership are often ambiguous or in dispute; they are places of cultural forgetting. Drawing on the author's own photographic research-led practice, as well as material from photographers such as Ed Ruscha, Joel Sternfeld and Richard Misrach, this study employs a deliberately allusive intertexuality to offer a unique insight into the contested notions surrounding landscape representation. Ultimately, it argues that the non-place has the potential to reveal a version of England that raises questions about identity, loss, memory, landscape valorisation, and, perhaps most importantly, how we are to arrive at a more meaningful place.
Jim Brogden is an experienced SAP BusinessObjects consultant. He s currently a consultant with Daugherty Business Solutions. He was recently a grand-prize winner in an SAP content contest for a technical case study that he wrote on deploying the latest release of BusinessObjects Enterprise. He was one of the first 40 people in the world to obtain the BOCP-BOE and BOCP Migration specialist certifications, (September 2006). He holds a Masters in Information Technology. He has developed business intelligence solutions for several major corporations. He worked as a technical editor in the Crystal Reports 2008 Official Guide.