In this recent work, Glastonbury Opus 1, Hughes explores tensions between the seductive depiction of colour and seemingly sculptural forms with the underlying narrative story of a type of environmental degradation that results from a festival event.
Gatherings like this where tens of thousands of people congregate generate huge quantities of waste, they raise questions about irresponsible behavior combined with mass consumption.
These photographs do not attempt to simply use the rhetoric of documentary photography, however when seen in the wider context of Hughes previous work they do have a greater sense of didacticism.
Perhaps now is the time unlike any other that ambiguity, distance and poetic license be consigned to history.
Special thanks to Melinda Watson at the RAW Foundation
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