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About the Work

The appearance of Halley's Comet, every 75 years was once regarded as an omen of death so when I photographed it in 1986 I thought it may be a good idea to honour that tradition.

The opportunity arose when I heard that Lord Cave of Stanford Hall, Northamptonshire had died as the comet had appeared. Following his funeral I was given permission by his successor to photograph the interior of the family vault below the altar of Stanford-on-Avon church before it was sealed until next required.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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