Solar position. Horizon Desert.

The Lichfield Studios, London



The studio of the late lamented Lord Lichfield is once again being opened up as an exhibition space, almost four years after his death.

Running from the 18th of November to the 6th of December 2009, will be an exhibition by the rarely seen German photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Consisting of two parts, the first called Solar Position features a journey from Santiago de Compostella to Barcelona, a traditional piligrimage route that runs through northern Spain.

Along this are nine hermitages that were built on the edge of the border between Christian and Moorish Spain and contain influences from both 10th century Islamic architecture and Christian Romanesque architecture of the same period.

Places of worship have always been designed with light in mind although unlike the later dominant Gothic designs, this entered Romanesque architecture more sparingly. Here Schulz-Dornburg has captured natural light in each of the nine hermitages throughout the day recording how they become sundials and show their Solar Position.

The second display is Horizon Desert that was snapped in 1980 in Iraq shortly before the outbreak of hostilities with Iran.

Journeying up the Euphrates, Schulz-Dornburg set out to photograph what was once the fertile cradle of civilization and is now a cracked desert with only hints of its former past and Mesopotamian architectural glories. With Iraq having been blasted by almost three decades of constant war, it's a civilisation that is even more distant today.

You can see the exhibition at the Lichfield Galleries at 133 Oxford Gardens, London, W10 6NE on Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 6pm and on Saturdays from midday to 5pm. The nearest tube stations are Latimer Road and White City.

© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg