What distinguishes the life of a village is that it is also a living portrait of itself: a communal portrait, in that everybody is portrayed and everybody portrays: and this is only possible if everybody knows everybody. A village’s portrait of itself is constructed not out of stone but out of words, spoken and remembered: out of opinions, stories, eyewitness reports, legends, comments and hearsay. And it is a continuous portrait: work on it never stops.
Like many others in South Lincolnshire my village is part of an agricultural area that’s highly managed and valuable, yet it’s challenged by global, environmental and social tensions. Tensions that along with my embedded connection, our village’s photographic archive, lost architectures, the weather, geography and time and stories, inspired these landscapes.
Charcoal, pastel on Heritage paper
Each 140cm x 100cm
St Hughs Foundation