Paul Hart’s new series RECLAIMED concludes his three-part project on The Fens in the UK. The first two series FARMED (Dewi Lewis 2016) and DRAINED (Dewi Lewis 2018) have won a number of international awards and received considerable critical acclaim. In 2018 work from the project was awarded the inaugural Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize (Austria/UK) and in 2019 shortlisted for the Hariban Award (Japan).The Fens, originally a region of low-lying marshland in the east of England, has been artificially drained over centuries to provide some of Britain’s most fertile agricultural land. It is a landscape of agribusiness with monoculture at it’s core, defined by human migration and long-term reclamation from the sea. Paul Hart has photographed the area for over ten years. His narrative examines the complex interrelation between humanity and nature and raises important questions about human-altered topography and our occupation and stewardship of this land. By focusing on the often-overlooked elements in familiar vistas Hart’s aesthetics carry a documentary sensibility that allow the landscapes to define themselves. He works solely with the analogue process employing traditional darkroom practice to convey something of the soulful in a landscape that is rarely considered of aesthetic merit.
Hardback 108 pages, 52 duotone plates