2016 - 2017
There shall beIn that rich earth a richer dust concealed;A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware...
Hart's most recent work DRAINED (2016-2017) concentrates on an area of land which lies barely above sea level located a few miles from the coastal
area known as The Wash in the UK. DRAINED is the second part in a three part series of The Fens region in the UK.
The series is comprised of 46 photographs made by Hart as silver gelatin prints.
Paul Hart is a photographer interested in the slow harvesting of hidden truth from the ordinary places that most of us pass by. He works in an unfashionable idiom with slow cumbrous equipment (not just old-fashioned analogue photography, but medium format analogue photography, slower still) in an unfashionable place. He seeks to find the bits of the land that speak their stories, and to transmit their importance in views which, typically, the absolute lack of melodrama demands slow looking and brings slow revelation. Hart’s placid, formally peaceful landscape is pregnant with stories that lurk in the mud or the mist. His magic lies in soliciting from his viewers the same half-historical, half romantic reaction to ploughed fields and straight drainage ditches as he gets from them himself. Hart is a photographer interested in the slow harvesting of hidden truth from the ordinary places that most of us pass by.
DRAINED is just published by Dewi Lewis with an essay by Francis Hodgson.
Hart has recently been awarded the 2018
Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize for this work