Simon Norfolk is an interesting contemporary photographer who explores the effects of modern warfare and its place in the creation of our history as well as contemporary society. He primarily focuses on landscapes and their relationship to war in order to communicate the power of the environment and mankind. An interesting observation of his photographs is that, although the power of the environment may not play such an obvious role, many of them introduce elements of the sublime. Instead of focusing on the cataclysmic forces of nature, Norfolk seems to focus on the cataclysmic forces of man and man’s natural tendency to produce war and destruction that often results in the same feelings of terror and awe that follow natural disasters. Many of his photographs illustrate the aftermath of war and its newly accepted place within the environment. The following photograph, taken in Afghanistan, depicts a scene of a once-used road for soldiers and other traffic during war.
Additional information and photographs for Simon Norfolk can be gathered from his website: http://www.simonnorfolk.com/pop.html