Borrowed Landscapes

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

These images are from two recent trips, the first from Hampstead Heath, London and the second from East Hoathly, East Sussex.

These are for my project Borrowed Landscapes.

I started this project at the end of 2014 with a few ideas to explore and see where it took me. This is work-in-progress and definitely not a final edit. I will probably finish shooting the project around March/April time and make a final edit of around 30 or 40 images.

My initial interests were in the fringes and man-made boundaries of the countryside landscape. These boundaries exist for many reasons, sometimes for our safety or the safety of animals, but the main reason is to mark land ownership and public access of it.

I began to find it inetresting stumbling on disturbances and interventions within these areas. Be it dens and rope swings made by kids who's garden's back on to the woods, fly-tipping, strategically placed branches to make walking the boggy soil easier or indeed work by local councils to help protect and preserve the landscape and our right to access it.

Whilst making these photographs something that occurred to me quite quickly was how temporary the man-made borders and boundaries are. Signs of older boundaries are there but nature itself was slowly swallowing them up and even creating it's own boundaries and access.

I suppose you could say that I started looking at the project in a more profound way, I started to understand that our attempts to 'own' the land were quite futile and that the landscape can never be really owned, just simply borrowed.

My aim was to create poetic images of nature that show it's pure beauty even sometimes when it doesn't seem typically beautiful.

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew  Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew  Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

Hampstead Heath 14.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

East Hoathly 19.02.2015 © Andrew Newson

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