Four Views on Dartmoor

Chris Chapman, John Curno, Cedar Shaw & the Hunt Collection

‘Things that have disappeared
Things that I will not see appear
Things that a future generation will see disappear
A thing that is called mortality.’

John Curno’s insightful words sum up the spirit of this exhibition. Historic images from Foxworthy Farm in the 1870s shown alongside the contemporary works of Chris Chapman, John Curno and Cedar Shaw offer a rare opportunity to celebrate their work and reflect on some of the social, economic and environmental changes wrought over the last 150 years.

Chris Chapman is widely recognised as an author, photographer and film maker. Since 1975 he has documented aspects of Dartmoor life, developing a large archive depicting the culture and character of the region. The exhibition includes photographs taken by him that will feature in the planned sequel to his well-known Dartmoor book ‘Wild Goose and Riddon’.

Plymouth-born John Curno became interested in photography as a child, being drawn to photographers whose work was featured in National Geographic. Time and history are very important in John’s work. He enjoys the interaction of people and the objects around them, the processes and the history in them. John is showing works selected from his extensive archive of Dartmoor photographs taken over the last sixteen years.

Cedar Shaw’s ‘of the moment’ WOMEN OF DARTMOOR project comprises nine black and white portraits of women who are living and working on the land in a variety of ways, but for whom the moors are a key aspect of how they define themselves and their daily existence. “Dartmoor can be a hard place to make a living, difficult to farm and often isolated as a home. I believe it requires a resilience of spirit to place a life and livelihood in the lap of this raw and unpredictable landscape.”

Photographs from the Hunt Collection appear in a number of albums dating from the 1870s and were taken at Foxworthy Farm in the parishes of Manaton and Lustleigh by various members of the Hunt family, including the artist Cecil Arthur Hunt and his father, A R Hunt.

Digitised by the Dartmoor Trust, they appear by courtesy of the Hunt family. The selection has been made by the Lustleigh Society and their inclusion in this exhibition is financed by Moor than Meets the Eye, Landscape Partnership Scheme. Four Views on Dartmoor is at Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead until Saturday, 1st September. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm and entry is free of charge.

Karen Chapman Newton

Author: Karen Chapman Newton

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