Pastoral Interlude is a series of image-text works that explore the artist Ingrid Pollard’s experience of the English countryside through the prism of portraiture and landscape photography. Positioning her subjects amidst rural landscapes in the Lake District, the hand-tinted photographs and accompanying text extracts express a sense of difference and isolation. The use of the 19th-century photographic tinting technique alludes to the complex layers of history and memory in relation to social and cultural identity.
Ingrid Pollard said of this work: “Pastoral Interlude began as holiday snaps. There was an unconscious selection of the lone figure within the landscape. It became a way of working. The stylised posed figures, the use of historical details about a particular place. Nothing about the scene is really ‘natural’. It’s as manufactured and deliberate as the assumptions and stereotypes about black people.”Pastoral Interlude is held in the National Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.