PROJECTS: MY MOOR
This is a project that evolved by iteself at first. I noticed that I was beginning to gather moments and characters from Dartmoor, that stand out or are special to me in one way or another. I suppose I noticed it because I considered leaving the moor for the first time, and pre-empting a feeling I knew I would have in the case of leaving, 'you only know how much you love something when it is gone', I became more and more aware of what I love or admire. In doing so, I realised I was drawn to poeple that share a similar passion and admiration for their national park home.
The river has been very special to me since arriving on the moor. Walking the dogs by the river in the morning with a coffee became a ritual, often in winter when I couldn't face the moor alone on a wet windy day, but one which continues all year round and one I adore. I love how it changes through the season and is never the same two days in a row. The reflections - wind and all weather dependant are ever-changing... from winter when the trees are bare of leaves and the colour but full of sculptural form, to the autumn colours - a scene which varies so much between a still day and one with a breeze. I love the thinking time the river gives me, in its quiet, beautiful company for the day ahead. And on a hot summer's day it becomes the best playground in the world for my children.
The open moor iteself, just a walk through a few fields from home, has affected me immensely. Walking or riding out into such a vast, open, landscape, often with dogs, where I listen to the skylarks and breathe in the surroundings, has given me great moments of peace in a busy life. Watching wild ponies in all weathers, playing on the tors with my boys or picknicking and swimming by the river... the pull and effect of the moor on me has been huge.
Closely linked to the landscape, the unpredictable weather and the life within it, this is a gathering of people, places or moments I wish to mark forever.