These selected images come from his Glastonbury Opus series. They explore tensions between the seductive depiction of colour, sculptural forms with an underlying narrative that describes the environmental degradation that results from a large festival event. Gatherings like this where tens of thousands of people congregate generate huge quantities of waste, they attempt to raise questions about wider human behavior and mass consumption rather than any specific criticism of the festivals itself. These photographs do not attempt to simply use the rhetoric of documentary photography, when seen in the wider context of Hughes previous work they form part of his multidisciplinary practice.
Special thanks to Melinda Watson at the RAW Foundation
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