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Nicky Hamlyn
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Ron Haselden's MFV Maureen (1975), offers a very different set of related ideas, about place, location, community and work.

The location, still marine, but far from Gibralter's incongruous mix of sub-tropical trees and English road signs, is the North Sea. The setting is the eponymous Motor Fishing Vessel Maureen, a Scottish fishing boat working out of Eymouth, near the Northumbrian border. The work is composed of six film loops, shown on six projectors.

The camera, which is fixed near the middle of the boat, filmed six overlapping areas of the boat, panning back and forth across an area of deck so that there is an overlap between one loop and the next. Because the camera is on a tripod it is held vertically in relation to the angle of the boat, which means the angle of the horizon seesaws constantly. There is a busy interaction between the chaotic pitching and rolling movement of the sea and the steady panning of the camera.

The horizon, as the most persistent presence in the image, is a constant presence behind the more occasional appearances of wheel house, winch etc. The six horizons never line up, stressing the discontinuous and ever changing nature of the filming situation. The activities of the fishermen are another imponderable. The fishermen’s activities are an important part of the work’s formal dynamic, but MFV Maureen is also a dispassionate record of life on a fishing boat. The boat contains a tiny, self sufficient community. Space is cramped, and life on it confined, yet the setting is open, the sky ever-changing.

Still from MFV Maureen by Ron Haselden, 1975
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