Dartmoor disposition

Landscape Photography 

The landscape of Dartmoor is instantly recognisable and yet so varied.

As a photographer, I started to photograph the Moor in 2014. I became captivated by the nuances and characters of the different tors and soon found myself determined to photograph them all, as well as the incredible wealth of archeological wonders, mining heritage and history that surrounds them. This culminated in my book, the Dartmoor Tors Compendium, which details 154 tors on Dartmoor.

The photographs in this exhibition are taken from the Dartmoor Tors Compendium.

In terms of photography, my natural inclination is to monochrome photography. Dartmoor can be hard, rocky, moody and dangerous: its texture, contrast and rugged beauty is best captured in black and white I feel. My colour images are deliberate: when colour gives meaning. You’ll rarely see me waiting for the sunset to make photographs; I love Dartmoor all day.

About Josephine Collingwood >

About Josephine Collingwood

Dartmoor is bleak but beautiful; accessible yet still wild.  It is a living, working museum of life, geology, biodiversity and history that draws us in.  I developed a profound love of Dartmoor as a child when visiting relatives nearby.  When I moved here in 1983, it became home ground and I developed a visceral need to photograph my local wilderness and the outdoors in general.

Although I followed a career path including geophysics, remote sensing and technical editing, it was only in 1994 that I decided that I was only going to be truly fulfilled if I became a photographer.  I saved and went back to college, emerging 3 years later qualified and self-employed as an architectural and interior photographer.  Buildings pay the bills, landscapes feed the soul.

My love and connection with Dartmoor has greatly increased since I joined Dartmoor Search & Rescue Tavistock, the local Mountain Rescue team.  Living life to the full outdoors and helping people in need is a potent mix!

For Dartmoor Books and Graphic Art see: www.tavicinitypublishing.co.uk

Follow Josephine on Instagram @tavicinity

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Celebrating the creation of Dartmoor National Park 1951 2021

The Studio presents the work of three photographers whose practice is centred on Dartmoor.

The online exhibition celebrates the spirit of freedom to roam, the experience of beauty in Nature, the heritage attached to particular sites, notions of health and wellbeing, and our inextricable link to the land.

A series of livestream events, in conversation with the photographers / artists, discussing their practice and the wider context will be available for free.

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Introduction

Bodmin Moor, Goon Brenn in Cornish, is a granite moorland in Cornwall, England, with one of the most complete and best preserved upland prehistoric landscapes in Britain. Occupying a surface of 80 sq mi, this profoundly evocative landscape includes Cornwall’s highest tors, Brown Willy and Roughtor. Many of Cornwall's rivers have their source here.

Since 4000 BC, the first farming communities assert their presence by marking the landscape with monumental stone structures.

This photographic body of work explores the Sacred & Ceremonial Landscape, shaped by our Ancestors on Bodmin Moor.

An independent, self-directed project begun in 2018, culminates with this online exhibition.

An exciting and eclectic programme of live online conversations with key figures, on the wider context of Bodmin Moor, Photography, Digital Art & NFT's will run throughout August 2021.

Harry Fricker MA (Image & Communication, Goldsmiths, UOL)

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