Context: 'Avon Landscapes' was created for the Nuffield Health Chesterfield hospital in Bristol.
The first owners of the Georgian mansion which fronts The Chesterfield Hospital were Nehmiah and Martha Champion. They had made their fortunes through industry and commerce and they were dependent on the waters that connected Bristol with the wider world.
Much of the Champion family's wealth came from their involvement in the brass industry: water from the River Frome supplied the Baptist Mills works and the tidal River Avon enabled boats to import raw materials and export the finished goods.
Artists have made studies of the Avon Gorge and its waterways for centuries. Paintings and sketches from the 18th century show working boats navigating the waters at high tide, and small figures socialising by the water's edge.
These photographs look at the landscape that was so important to Champion and the city of Bristol, but from a different angle. By getting closer to the tidal waterway, a new series of landscapes has been created: a landscape of grass, mud and water, a landscape of the imagination.
Photographs of the works in situ, by Max McClure. Reproduced with the permission of Nuffield Health Photographic Bursary 2013, in partnership with Willis Newson.