Sense of Place: Andy Sewell’s The Heath

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

For urbanites surrounded by brick and mortar, or more often these days, concrete and steel, a city park is a little lightness of being amongst the heaviness of hurried life. In London, once such green relief is Hampstead Heath. Like Keats, but with camera in place of pen, photographer Andy Sewell has walked its paths and captured its organized wilds for the last five years.

A photographic contributor to the likes of The Telegraph Magazine, Financial Times Magazine and The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sewell turned out a limited edition book from the project, entitled The Heath. He describes it as such:

“I go to the Heath to be in an environment 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; I am interested in this paradox. 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.”

From lido to a lay in the grass, his pictorial story depicts where modern moments meet timeless nature.

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