Sainte-Marguerite-sur-mer, Upper Normandy, France. 2012

Marc Wilson:

“Since 2008 I have been researching, recceing and shooting the photographs that make up The Last Stand, which aims to document some of the remaining physical remnants of war in the 20th century, along the coastlines of the UK and Northern Europe.

These man-made objects and zones of defence now sit silently in the landscape, imbued with the history of our recent past. Some remain proud and strong, some are gently decaying. Many now lie prone beneath the cliffs where they once stood. Through the effects of the passing years, all have become part of the fabric of the changing landscape that surrounds them.

Whilst I capture the individual beauty of these objects in their landscapes, the series of photographs becomes much more than a set of traditional landscapes. My aim is that the collection will become a permanent photographic record of the past. A testament to the subjects’ physical form and the histories, stories and memories contained within, both of these wartime objects and the landscapes themselves.

With each passing year the evidence and memories fade a little more. I see every landscape as a witness to war and the passing time, each with a story to tell, whether it is one of unfulfilled defiance or one of tragedy.

This project takes in locations throughout the UK, from Cornwall in the south west of England to the far north west of Scotland; and along the northern coasts of Europe including those of France and Belgium. In the past four years I have researched more than 200 locations and travelled over 10,000 miles to photograph 74 of them.”

Cramond Island, Firth of Forth, Scotland. 2012 


Wissant II,  Nord-Pas-De-Calais, France. 2012

Findhorn, Moray, Scotland. 2011




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