SEWELL, Andy. The Heath. [London]: [Self-published], (2011).

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The Heath.
[London]: [Self-published], (2011).
Oblong 4to (242 × 296 mm), pp.[84]. 39 colour photographs. Poem by Owen Sheers. Design by Will Webb. Grey endpapers. Green cloth-covered boards, front stamped in blind and lettered in white, spine lettered in white. Fine.

First edition of 800 copies. ‘Hampstead Heath was once part of the countryside surrounding London and is now a green fragment deep within the urban landscape.’ Sewell writes in the introduction. ‘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, but 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 work is about the perception of what is natural, but it’s also an attempt to explore what E. O. 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.’

Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol. III p.177.


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