Environmental photographer Colin Cafferty’s exhibition ‘Tilting at Windmills’ is currently showing at Norwich Arts Centre, until 2 February
The expression ‘tilting at windmills’ has entered the modern English lexicon, Cafferty explains, ‘as a figurative way to describe attacks on imaginary enemies, or misguided courses of action based on romantic or idealistic justifications’.
The English countryside has become a battleground, he adds, in the fight between preventing climate change and protecting the rural landscape. While a High Court judge ruled in May 2012 that UK national policy promoting the use of renewable resources should not take precedence over protecting landscape in rural Norfolk, Cafferty notes that ‘recent polls have shown that a significant majority of the British public support wind power in the countryside’.
All too often, he adds, technology, cost and efficiency are sited as reasons for objections, ‘but in reality, it is the visual impact that primarily drives opposition’.
‘Tilting at Windmills’ is Cafferty’s vision of how wind farms and landscape interact in rural East Anglia, ‘with the intent of allowing the observer to more clearly recognise the validity of their own preconceptions and make a more honest and informed judgment on the debate’.
Based in East London, Colin Cafferty graduated with an MSc degree in Climate Change Management from Birkbeck, University of London in early 2012 and recently set up a website with the aim of inspiring action on climate change through photography.