The Fens is a region of reclaimed marshland in eastern England, which is now one of the richest arable areas of the UK. Paul Hart has been photographing this landscape of agribusiness over the last six years. FARMED explores a wide-open environment - one in which monoculture is at it’s core - a linear landscape comprised primarily of straight lines with a flat horizon. Hart’s narrative pin points the objects that remain, when all that surrounds has been cleared by modern agricultural practice. He conveys nature’s vulnerability within this unsheltered and unprotected environment. Hart's working method is in the vein of documentary, exploring our relationship to this landscape by highlighting elements that are so often overlooked. He employs the analogue process and traditional darkroom techniques, to convey something of the soulful in a landscape that is rarely considered of any aesthetic interest. FARMED was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing (2016) and is Hart’s second monograph. The series has received two Gold Awards and a People's Choice Award at the Prix de la Photographie (2016) Paris, a Bronze Award at the Tokyo International Foto Awards (2016) Japan and Third Place at the Moscow International Foto Awards (2016) Russia.
“The landscapes in Paul Hart’s latest book FARMED are at once beautiful and beleaguered, full and empty, alive and dead. The disappearances between these conditions are the true subjects. One feels their presence in every photograph.” Collier Brown - Editor 21st Editions