Long term documentary project on the community and nature in the Forest of Bowland, Northwest of England. Video, photography and sound, 2016, ongoing.
A long term documentary project, “Bowland” is my personal interpretation through sound, photography and video of a countryside community in the Forest of Bowland, North Lancashire.
Classified as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and visited by many cyclists and walkers, it’s also where rural life and land ownership exist in a symbiotic relationship.
My first impression of the area had a very personal nature to it and I eventually moved there; as an outsider Bowland revived a certain countryside mythology experienced in my early days, where nature awakens ghosts and offers itself to the imagination. My documenting efforts are a combination of that sense of mythology and the reality of the area, where the mystery offers itself in the ominous landscapes whilst concealing a never ending struggle by farmers to keep sheep and cattle farming a viable industry. In my exploration of Bowland I found farming families where several generations work together and in tandem the ruling classes who own the land and collaborate to preserve it for their own use as leisure and hunting ground. In that sense it is a very quintessential pocket of traditional British countryside, keeping very much alive traditional divisions of class and purpose of land.