1/beyond the forest

published by SteidlMACK 2007 photography and text Clare Richardson

when i read, it is invariably about farming through history or the natural world. I had heard about a  landscape redolent of a pre-industrial, pre-enclosure england that still existed. “beyond the forest” –  the literal translation of the name transylvania, is the region in which this story is based. it is the place which is believed to be the home of the descendants of the children who were led out of hamlyn. a silent world: of hard work and necessary patience, waiting on the weather and growth. at the time of making this work, the old order was changing as romania joined the eu, and the young were leaving. the forest which long offered succour – a metaphorical shelter from the modern world – was being felled, and profits made. this is the story of those who were left behind. 

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