FARMED

PhotographerFARMED (Dewi Lewis Publishing) Essay by Steven ...
PrizeSilver in Book (series Only) / Monograph
Entry Description

The Fens, a region of reclaimed marshland in eastern England, is one of the richest arable areas of the UK. Paul Hart has been photographing this landscape of agribusiness over the last six years. In FARMED he explores this wide-open environment, a linear landscape of straight lines and flat horizons, which is monoculture at it's core. Hart’s narrative pin points the objects that remain, when all that surrounds has been cleared by modern agricultural practice. He conveys nature’s vulnerability within this unsheltered and unprotected environment. Hart's working method is in the vein of documentary, exploring our relationship with the landscape by highlighting elements that are so often overlooked. He employs the analogue process and traditional darkroom techniques, to convey something of the soulful in a landscape that is rarely considered.

About Photographer

British photographer Paul Hart explores our relationship with the landscape, in both a humanistic and socio-historical sense. He works solely with the black and white analogue process. Hart studied at Lincoln College of Art and graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1988 with a BA (Hons.) in Photography. He has concentrated on self initiated projects for exhibition and publication for the past fifteen years. His work has been exhibited internationally; in the UK at venues such as The Royal Academy of Art, The Photographers’ Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and at prestigious art fairs including; Paris Photo, The AIPAD Photography Show New York, Masterpiece and Photo-London. Hart regularly collaborates with Ilford Photo, and his work is often featured in international publications and the press. He is widely known as a leading traditional printmaker, making finely crafted silver gelatin prints.