Photo Essay

The Changing Face of an Ancient Landscape

The Modern Rural View IV

I was interested in how we perceive our rural landscape. Even for those of us who live there, changes often go unnoticed. We assume that the countryside side has always been thus (with the exception of seasonal changes). However, the landscape rarely remains unchanged. Roads, farm closures, mechanical advancements, pylons, telegraph poles, natural disaster, gentrification. These are just a few of the impacts on our landscape.

Foot and mouth disease caused havoc just a few years ago. Some farms didn't survive. Many have adapted, opening cafes, craft markets, shops selling local produce amongst other initiatives. Food miles have had a massive impact on the rural landscape, with greater demand for exotic foods there is less for the traditional items grown locally. The result, falling prices paid to farmers, land sold off, farms redeveloped.

I used a 5x4 setup and then scanned the negatives on a document scanner to achieve a retro look. The idea being to create a juxtaposition between what we think the land has always been and what it is actually becoming...

What we see doesn't always tell us the whole truth, it certainly doesn't always tell us where we've been!

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  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (22 May 2010):

    Love it.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (17 Aug 2010):

    A very deep idea, and well structured, I am glad you mixed up B&W with colour photography, well presented story, my vote!

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