My youth was marked by a curiosity for the natural world, and I grew up surrounded by nature. As I got older, and moved away to London, I saw the green spaces I once explored flattened for property developments, scarred by fly tipping and closed off
to public access. This recognition spurred on the creation of a project that set out to document these spaces, and ask a question of what the world might look like when we lose the green space we hold so dear. Part speculative, part all-too-real, A Wake For The Wild
is deeply personal, as well as being outward looking and wide in its scope.
A Wake For The Wild aims to explore the range of impacts we have on green space. From initial control, in the form of campfires, fenced off gardens and gated woodland paths. To large scale development projects that dominate the landscape, tearing apart ancient woodland, moor and heath. This is an ongoing project, started in my final year of university. Today, everything I read, write & create seems to come back to this investigation. It’s refined in its scope and in my technical proficiency, but my interest in it remains the same - an instinctive, investigative passion, led by the fear of losing these spaces for good.
In the woods there is the whirring of metal machines whose tracks cut deep into the ground. Where roots sink deep beyond thinking from years out of knowing, iron teeth that cut and hew tree and flower, rock and dirt. Shaping the space, terraforming perfect squares of concrete and wood, sharp outlines of dominion. But there are storms that have beaten and shaped the woods for millennia before us, and they will beat and shape the woods for millennia after us.
46 Pages, printed on 170gsm matte paper. Handbound by myself, using a secret belgian book binding technique. Featuring a poem and an essay, alongside 19 photographs.