Ian Chamberlain has a long-standing fascination with technology and architectural forms; these have included structures within industry, agriculture, science and the military.
His work aims to reinterpret manmade structures as monuments placed within the landscape. These structures in turn then become monuments of their time. The prints serve as a visual historical document and record, a visual experience of the subject.
The structural studies are devoid of people and the architectural scale can no longer be based on the physical measurement of the human body.
Chamberlain is interested in the use of a traditional print process, like etching, to juxtapose the subject matter that is generally at the cutting edge of technology for its time. The etching process has not significantly altered for over 500 years which adds to his concept and use of such a process showing the beauty he sees within the subject and a material emotional response.
The Mirror print series is based on the acoustic sound mirrors on the Kent Coast, which were built as an early warning system around the coasts of Great Britain, with the aim of detecting incoming enemy aircraft by the sound of their engines. The mirrors however had a limited effectiveness, and the increasing speed of aircraft in the 1930s meant that they would already be too close to deal with by the time they had been detected.