Cut Of The Land
Based between London and the Sussex Coast, I am a British and French photography student currently presenting my graduate photography project. My personal and academic practice is underpinned by the idea of a ‘man altered landscape’ through a combination of film and digital media. As well as exploring our changing relationship within the local landscape and marginal spaces, I produce work surrounding the elevation of the everyday banal to a fine art context.
Captured as a form of escape on walks during the third lockdown, Cut Of The Land presents a meandering journey around a series of cuts that form the canal system between the rural suburbs of Southall and Limehouse Basin. Alongside the canals themselves, Cut Of The Land also documents ideas surrounding the human relationship with our environment. Having cut through twenty-two miles of land in order to build the Paddington Arm and the Regent’s Canal, they shape the present environment both in the urban and rural areas. While there are hints to its old industrial past, the canals were usurped by the road and rail network. Since then they have undergone a transformation into a site for leisure. They act as a green corridor, a boundary line between different boroughs, and in some places even a socio-economic divide. Cut Of The Land explores these different facets of the canals to present a unique perspective on North London and its waterways.