During a twenty-year professional career in cricket playing at the top of his field, South-African born Nick Compton was drawn to exploring and documenting the rich culture and daily life he experienced during time off in between games. Now on display for the first time, Beyond the Boundary will feature previously unseen images taken by Compton during his travels from Canada, to Malta, New Zealand, America, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bangladesh whilst playing cricket for his country.
A grizzly bear swims through Alaskan waters; a game of cricket is played on the street on a hot Mumbai morning; a young Nepalese girl shares a secret smile – these are all intimate and evocative moments captured through Compton’s lens; offering an abundance of fascinating, personal tales from around the globe.
Shot in a crisp, black-and-white style, Compton’s photographs document the rawness of modern life; from intriguing characters and wild animals to vast, breathtaking landscapes. These unseen works were taken by Compton taken during a ten-year period and inspired by the desire to capture the richness and honesty of life.The result is an impressive body of work that transports the viewer to a wealth of stunning locations, whilst also paying homage to the intricacies of daily life.
2018 is a very special year for Nick Compton, as it is the year that Middlesex CCC have awarded him a Testimonial year in recognition of his long service to the Club. Nick’s Beyond the Boundary exhibition is part of a series of events to commemorate this year and support mental health charity, MIND.
Nick Compton was born in South Africa in 1983. In November 2012, after establishing himself as a consistent top scorer in county cricket, he made his England Test debut against India. He scored back to back test centuries against New Zealand and was a key part of the England team who beat India for the first time in 28 years in India after a successful opening partnership with Alistair Cook. In April 2013, the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named Compton as one of their five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. In 2018, he announced his retirement from cricket in order to focus on other projects, including photography. This is his first solo exhibition.
Beyond the Boundary – Nick Compton
7th -14th November 2018
9 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QE
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
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