"Levelled every bush and tree and levelled every hill /
And hung the moles for traitors - though the brook is running still".
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The Fens is a region of reclaimed marshland in eastern England, which is now one of the richest arable areas of the UK. Paul Hart has been photographing this landscape of agribusiness over the last six years. FARMED explores a wide-open environment - one in which monoculture is at it's core. It's a linear landscape comprised primarily of straight lines with a flat horizon. 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 to this 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 of any aesthetic interest.
FARMED is comprised of 56 photographs made by Hart as silver gelatin prints up to 20" x 24".
The series was first published in 2016 (Dewi Lewis Publishing) & won a number of international
awards including the PX3, Paris and MIFA, Russia in the same year.
The series continues to attract international press & has been featured in many publications.
Six images from the series have been shortlisted by the RPS International Photography Exhibition 161