The Nymph and the Shepherd is an ongoing series of photographs chronicling the transitions of resident Jesse Alexander‘s rural Somerset surroundings 160 miles from Sheffield. The series commenced in Spring 2016 with a commitment from Jesse to send one image per week to Bank Street Arts over the course of a year. As each new photograph arrives and is installed- wherever is deemed appropriate in BSA at the time- the previous image will be taken down and archived.
The series is a parallel to Christopher Marlowe’s poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, in which a naive shepherd attempts to persuade his sweetheart to abandon an urban life for his simpler rural existence, and the sardonic voice in Sir Walter Raleigh’s The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd. The long distance dialogue throughout Jesse’s residency will form a contemporary interpretation of the amorous romance that is embedded within pastoral tales and narrative.
The final two images from The Nymph and the Shepherd will be unveiled at an open event we’re hosting on Friday 31st March from 6pm.