A while ago I made a visit to Dungeness, Kent. It’s an odd place. It’s largely covered in shingle, rather exposed, and has a lighthouse and a nuclear power station. It is rather industrial. Odd then that it should be the home to Derek Jarman, film maker, writer, poet, painter and gay activist. He made super 8 films, about the same time I did, and that’s how I became aware of him. I actually bumped into him once in a small art gallery in Portland, Dorset. He was charming, and we chatted for quite a few minutes. He made 11 feature films between 1976 and 1993. Many of them containing large chunks of super 8 material. One of these “The Garden” (1990) was centred around the garden he created at his home in Prospect Cottage, in Dungeness.
He passed away in 1994, at the age of 52. The garden seems to be kept-up, so the passer by can catch a glimpse without trespassing! All these photographs were made with my Konica Hexar AF on Ilford’s HP5 film.