THE NEW WILD

THE NEW WILD: LIFE IN THE ABANDONED LANDS 

As cities grow and rural populations decline, new and surprising landscapes are appearing across Europe, abandoned lands reclaimed by a self-willed natural world. What is our role in these fascinating environments? Participant or outcast? Inhabitant or tourist? Bystander of steward? This feature documentary travels to a small village in the middle of it all – surrounded and witness to the sprawling vigour of the new wild on its doorstep – exploring the intrigue and beauty of a great metamorphosis, and uncovering the timely questions this compelling story has to offer.




  


TRAVELS THROUGH ABSENCE

TRAVELS THROUGH ABSENCE 

The book explores absence, manifest in multiple ways, especially concerning social memory in urban space and its effect on identity. It is a culmination of many years work and research, expressed as a mood, an atmosphere, a feeling. In the very middle of the book I say it simply: something is missing. It is a reflection on our relationship with history and the pervasive exclusivity of now.


The photography acts as an introduction. It explores forms of absence as recordings of space.


The Berlin film is a reworking of the chapter from the book. The other video piece is meant as an accompaniment to the Vienna chapter.






DORDOLLA: A VILLAGE CASE STUDY

DORDOLLA: LANDSCAPE METAMORPHOSIS 

Dordolla is a small alpine village on the Italian /  Austrian / Slovenian border that provides a dramatic example of landscape metamorphosis, detailing depopulation, reforestation, and both a collapse and rebirth of traditional agriculture. The resulting picture that emerges from these entwined narratives gives insights into our fragile hold on the natural world and simultaneously suggests a new appreciation of our role as active drivers of landscape. 

Dordolla and its environment make an excellent case study for questioning theses boundaries between natural and cultural landscapes, between growth and decay and between change and continuity. Here the distinction is revealed to be one of perspective: they can often be one and the same.

The project has already produced maps, books, talks and a film is now in pre-production.








OUTSCAPES

Outscapes was initiated as a project to home an ongoing series of works that deal with a sense of landscape ostracism, of being outside or isolated from the world around. Most of these glimpses call for second glances, and play with the duality of being within and without landscape.

These are themes I am often drawn to in my work, and the website provides a platform to play out some of these ideas in a more open and exploratory way.





BREAD, WATER AND WASHING LINES

The film brings varying European landscapes together under the slow arc of a sun shared, and by combining simple narrative threads within them.  

It was made in response to riding from London to Istanbul by bicycle: a journey perhaps slow and cyclical enough to tease out familiarities not normally associated with travel. One of the major focuses became the domestic.

An American told me at the time that her favourite thing about Europe so far had to be the washing lines.