“devoid of sentiment but elegant and evocative”

A good, respected, friend checked out, bought and commented on a recent publication – I was chuffed to bits to see what he had to say:

“I really enjoyed Jon Eland’s book – 24 Hours on the Coast. The landscapes have a vernacular quality to them, devoid of sentiment but elegant and evocative all the same. The cover of the book doesn’t show the sea or any obvious element of the coast, but somehow you know that the sea is at your back. The menacing feel of the wall implies that the residents behind need protection from what lies beyond. Eland’s seascapes and landscapes have an undercurrent of menace in that they have no people but clearly have been shaped by man. A series of benches looking out to sea, but nobody admiring the view. The absence of the human form leaves a palpable void, a sense of loss and in some cases foreboding. A sense of timelessness too. I also liked Eland’s treatment of the various elements on the beaches, stones, seaweed, ice – like his landscapes, they have a vernacular feel to them, but they are studies on structure, colour and form. A smooth bright white pebble juxtaposed against a bed of sand with its thousands of constituent parts. Well worth a close look.”

Vincent Keith.

He produces some wonderful imagery himself – from stunning portraits of men to beautiful landscapes.

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