Matthew Broadhead’s latest exhibition is the culmination of a multi-year project exploring the heritage of US astronaut training in Iceland.
A Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth is on at White Moose gallery until November 17.
Formally know as Project Heimr this ambitious photographic series led Broadhead into the heart of the Nordic wilderness.
His goal was to capture Iceland’s ‘space analogues’ – remote sites simulating the environmental conditions of celestial bodies.
Showcasing 25 artworks inspired by the project, this is Broadhead’s first UK solo exhibition.
The story of Project Heimr started in 2016, between the 50th anniversaries of scientific field trips organised by NASA and the US Geological Survey.
Groups of astronauts and personnel from both government agencies arrived in Iceland in 1965 and 1967.
They identified analogue terrestrial sites which would help prepare for the prospect of landing on the moon.
NASA considered Iceland to be ‘probably the most moon-like of the field areas’.
Icelandic geology experts professors Sigurður Þórarinsson and Guðmundur Sigvaldason provided guidance during both field explorations in key locations including Askja caldera, Lake Myvatn and Reykjanes Peninsula.
The ‘Moon Game’ was an assessment to determine if each astronaut could successfully deploy experiments in desolate settings and collect samples the way they expected to on the moon.
Broadhead was raised in North Devon. After studying at Petroc, he went on to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Photography from the University of Brighton.
He recently completed his MA in Photography at the University of the West of England, based in Bristol.
While still a young practitioner, Broadhead has already been widely published and shortlisted for a number of awards.
He was the winner of the inaugural Photoworks Prize, the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographer prize and the De Donkere Kamer #31 prize.
A Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth
White Moose gallery worked with Matthew Broadhead to develop Project Heimr into his first solo exhibition.
The show is on until November 17.
It is sponsored by Spectrum Photographic and fine art framers Rainsford & James.
For more information visit www.whitemoose.co.uk.
Main image: Project Heimr © Matthew Broadhead