DECOY



Sound City film studios were commissioned by the British Air Ministry to design dummy cities, military airfields, factories and oil refineries. Their purpose was to divert German bombs away from their intended targets during the Second World War. Decoy sites were set up a few miles away from the real targets. Today, only brick and concrete air raid shelters remain at many of the sites. These simple buildings provided shelter for the 2-man crew who operated the decoy. They also housed diesel generators that provided electrical power for the lights. The decoy fires and lights were removed at the end of the war.



My images are made at former bombing decoy sites and evoke the absent decoys. The project explores the theme of theatricality in war.

Bombing decoy site at Kenn Moor, Somerset
Bombing decoy site near Liddington, Wilstshire
Bombing decoy site at Kenn Moor, Somerset
Bombing decoy site near Liddington, Wilstshire
Bombing decoy site at Kenn Moor, Somerset
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