"4 Square miles is an ongoing photographic project which I started in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. Covering the diversity of such a relatively small area to portray within a photographic narrative an exhibition, a book and fine art prints. The images portray the ecology of the landscape, its active use, history and its workers (in production). The exhibition will hold approximately 50 framed museum grade prints and a photographic book of over 150 pages. The fine art prints are available now for purchase as listed below."
Steve Thornton. June 2021.

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About 4 Sq Miles

"4 Square miles is an ongoing photographic project which I started in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. Covering the diversity of such a relatively small area to portray within a photographic narrative an exhibition, a book and fine art prints. The images portray the ecology of the landscape, its active use, history and its workers (in production). The exhibition will hold approximately 50 framed museum grade prints and a photographic book of over 150 pages. The fine art prints are available now for purchase as listed below."
Steve Thornton. June 2021.

Nowhere in Great Britain does such a natural diversity occur within such a small area.

Nested on England’s panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology. With a huge Salt Marsh, one of the most effective habitats for carbon capture and stated to be more effective than tropical rainforests.

The salt marsh, sand dunes, wetland habitats and the ebbing tides provide perfect feeding grounds for invertebrate species, attracting many wading birds, wildfowl, and song birds. In springtime the sand dunes and meadows are alive with the songs of the skylark and the echo of Cuckoo’s. Curlews, Dunlin, Knot, Oystercatchers, Redshanks and other wading birds feed on the ebbing tide, amoungst Brent geese and Shovelers on salt marsh whilst Egrets and Avocets can be seen flitting away when a Hen Harrier glides nearby. 

Thousands of Grey seals bask in the low sun un-nerved as fast jets practice live fire exercises. One of the largest Grey seal colonies in Great Britain are resident on the sand bank and move to the sand dunes to breed every December. Last year in 2020, over 2000 seal pups where born. 

The Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force use the beaches as an air weapons range where billion dollar jets and helicopter gunships practice live firing on most days and nights. Alongside Donna Nook being an active air weapons range, there is a unique world war 2 history with the remains of a hospital for injured Lancaster bomber crews returning from missions over enemy territories and a prisoner of war camp where drawings can be seen by some artistic prisoners.

Shared within this landscape are rich, sustainable acreages of agricultural farmland producing crops of barley, wheat, maize, rape and vegetables with lapwing meadows for grazing beef heards.

 

4 SQ Miles Image Collection

Photographic exhibition | Book | Fine art prints

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4 SQ Miles Workers | This is in production and will be published this autumn 2021
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The most diverse 4 square miles in Great Britain

Nowhere in Great Britain does such a natural diversity occur within such a small area.
Nested on England’s panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology, English Nature protection, carbon reducing salt flats, a rare large breeding
grey seal colony alongside billion dollar fast jets flown by top gun pilots.
A unique world war 2 history and rich agricultural farmland.

Photographed by Steve Thornton

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About FISH TOWN

fish town. 1990 to 2020. the eu years
digitally REMastered images never published before !

This unique collection of images are now published here for the first time and will be exhibited at a special inaugural venue in Grimsby where the FISH TOWN image collection was produced. Before the whole collection goes on a UK gallery tour.

The FISH town collection consists of

The 1990 image collection are the very last photographs documenting Grimsby Fish Docks in all their glory. Prior to new European legislation coming into force

The 2020 image collection documents the new fish and processing industry as we leave the European Union.

Compared to 30 years ago. It’s like a mephitic shanty town to a seafood science lab.

Steve Thornton. November/2020.

2020 sponsored and supported by;
Epson; Large format printers, fine art paper stock, Ultrachrome archival pigment ink.
X-Rite Pantone; i1 Pro 3 Plus, monitor, print and scanner calibration equipment.
Nikon Professional, 19mm PC-E Lens.

HARD BACK BOOK. Dates TBA

A hard back, cloth bound book with dust jacket.
This beautifully printed fine art photographic ‘coffee table’ book will include all the FISH TOWN collection of images, printed on 195gsm soft gloss finished pages. 285gsm colour branded folio pages, hand embossed stamp with photographers penned signature & hand numbered with a black silk ribbon page marker, enclosed a hardbound black cloth embossed slip case with book title. These books will be available to order from a limited edition print run at the exhibition or before on this website. Sign up for our newsletter for further news on production dates.

FISH TOWN Fine Art Prints. Now on sale

These stunning Giclée museum grade archival fine art prints are available in a choice of three size options.

The Signature, Studio and Limited Edition Series. These are printed using the latest 10 colour Epson printers employing the latest 10 colour Ultra-Chrome archival colour ink sets. Producing an ultimate D-Max of 10.2 for rich blacks and detailed highlights.

All three series are printed on Epson archival museum grade 325gsm stock with a soft gloss finish. The Signature Series are hand signed and embossed onto 20 x16 inch / 329mm x 483mm stock and the unsigned Studio series are printed onto the same stock but at a smaller size of 8.3″ x 11.7″ / 210mm x 297mm. The Limited Series prints are larger than the above and there are only 10 issues of each print.

More information is available on the prints page. Click on an image from the gallery for a full description and prices. Or go to the Limited Edition Series from the Fine Art dropdown menu.

FISH TOWN Fine Art Prints are beautifully presented in black archival boxes with a certificate of authenticity...

Steve Thornton is a professional photographer whom over the last 30 plus years has worked worldwide on photographic projects and magazine assignments.

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