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‘Work’
An exhibition of photographs and images.

Saturday 3rd to Wednesday 14th September
The Church House. South Tawton. Nr Okehampton, Devon.

Relics of former toil and the hard graft of the moor’s working life.

Haytor
                   Haytor Quarry. Graham Warren

The work of two photographers and a painter directly influenced by the moor.

Marylou North works her hill farm single handed. To an exceptional degree, the everyday facts of her own life are her subject matter, and her direct experience of the moor is the powerful basis of her photography. Marylou has become well known, both through exhibiting her photographs, and as a ‘subject’ of an exhibition, (‘Women in Farming’ Phoenix Gallery in 2008) as well as through interviews given on BBC Radio 4 ‘Farming today’. Her own exhibition list includes ‘Images of time during foot and Mouth’ (Chagford Arts Festival 2001). “In this exhibition I aim to explore the relationship that I have with Dartmoor through working within the landscape.”

Duncan Rice also lives on Dartmoor, and his experiences working with the landscape of the moor have found expression in both the gardens he has created and in his paintings. In recent years his focus has been the study of moorland farm livestock, and has exhibited work on this subject (at the High Moorland Visitor Centre, The Burton Gallery and elsewhere.). “I cannot see Dartmoor as a landscape separate from these animals, or human history. It is worked and lived in landscape.  However, the grain of Dartmoor is tough and gets under your skin. The moor absorbs what we try to impose.”

Graham Warren has been a frequent visitor to Dartmoor for over 30 years. He held his first exhibition of Dartmoor Landscape photography in 1976. Recently he has been exploring the use of ‘primitive’ photographic techniques. This is not driven by nostalgia for a pre-digital age, rather..... “The images, all taken on film and hand printed, look at the relics of industry on the moor and how time and natural erosion has made the sites what they are today. Using film and traditional methods (or what some call 'organic' photography) ties in perhaps with the way nature is reclaiming the moor after man has finished working there.”

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