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Andy Sewell
The Heath
HC, 30,5 x 25 cm., 84 pp., 39 color plates,
Ltd. Ed. to 800 copies
Sewell 2011

Einstmals umgab Hampstead Heath (kurz: The Heath) London, nun ist er Bestandteil der innerstädtischen Umgebung und wird genauso verwaltet wie jeder andere Stadtteil - mit dem Unterschied, dass Heath "verwildert" erscheinen soll . Andy Sewlel folgt fünf Jahre lang verwilderten Pfaden im Bewusstsein, sich auf städtischen Terrain zu befinden und dennoch in der Hoffnung, etwas von der Natur, welche der alte Baumbewuchs repräsentiert, einfangen zu können. Das ambitionierte Projekt und die Anhäufung wirklich gelungener Fotografien machen das Buch zu einem gelungenen Fotobuch.

"Hampstead Heath was once part of the countryside surrounding London and is now a green fragment deep within the urban landscape. It is a place of ancient trees, tall grass and thickets dense enough to get lost in ? if only briefly. I go to the Heath to be somewhere that feels natural, yet I know this is no pathless wood. The Heath is as managed as any other part of London but managed to feel wild.
In a way this project is about perceptions of what is natural, but it?s also an attempt to explore what EO Wilson called the human condition of ?Biophilia?, being drawn to somewhere that feels natural without knowing why. Over the last five years I have spent many hours walking on the Heath. With this set of pictures I hope to convey something of what I was looking for and what I found." (A.S.)

"For the last five years Andy Sewell has been tramping Hampstead Heath with his camera and has accumulated a stunning set of photographs? I urge you to support this emerging talent and order this book before it is acknowledged as a classic contribution to our photographic culture.." Martin Parr


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