Decoy



This series relates to a secret British Air Ministry project that took place during the Second World War. Film studios were commissioned to design fake cities, airfields, docks and oil refineries. They were set up a few miles away from the real targets and constructed using fires and electric lights. The objective of this simulation was to divert enemy bombs away from the real targets. Today, only control bunkers remain at many of the sites. They sheltered the crew and housed generators for the lights.



The project is informed by archive sources and my images are made at former decoy sites. I introduce lighting to animate the landscape and to evoke the theatre of visual deception 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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