I first saw Ross Paxton’s work in the September 2014 issue of The British Journal of Photography. Paxton spent 3 years completing the project “A General History of Timeless Landscapes” alongside studying towards his MA in photojournalism and documentary photography. Within each image Paxton tried to include “a relic, sign or important monument from that particular town”.
I was really taken aback by the photos. It is such a simple idea and it flies in the face of the endless quotes and phrases saying things like “Don’t look back, you aren’t going that way” and “Don’t waste your time looking back on what you have lost. Move on, for life is not meant to be travelled backwards”. They also fit perfectly into the theme of this section of the module as he is documenting bus rides he has taken. Although they only show, say 1 shot from each journey, you can feel yourself travelling along with him and you get the impression of moving around the scenery.