Summer Exhibition 2016 at the Royal Academy
Date posted: 1st June 2016
Atkins' image Aimless 5791 has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016. Depicting a 'barred route, a threshold of the fertile and desolate', this photograph is taken from his recent series Aimless, a body of work concerning his fascination with the journey, and the 'elegant and desolate' landscape.
Down in the shallow air of the unused dawn, I step from the boat and stand aimless on the rotting dock. The sea ground about the island, lazily dismantling its sweltering form. Through the wondering hours I journeyed across the yellowing land, noting verticals, losing horizons, until I found no path leading to the sea. The barred route, a threshold of the fertile and desolate, lay before me, effortlessly yielding to an unheating sun and unenthusiastic verdure. Along this unparalleled decaying way, stretching out across a forbidding, crystal plane, I am drawn towards and prevented from going nowhere.
Exhibition dates: 13 June — 21 August 2016
For more information on the Summer Exhibition visit www.royalacademy.org.uk