Finn Hopson lives within the south of England, very close to to the South Downs a spread of rolling panorama that ranges from Winchester to Eastbourne. The land has been farmed for a lot of generations, undoubtedly way back to the early Roman occupation and virtually actually going again to occasions simply after the ice age. He’s been visiting the world since he was a toddler and has received to know the land intimately.
If I’m guessing appropriately, Fieldmarks is a mission that began even earlier than Finn knew about it. You’ll be able to’t assist however accumulate photos of locations you’re keen on and go to usually and this intimacy comes via in his work. Later, I think about Finn returning to revisit concepts and locations, including to the vary of photos.
So what’s Fieldwork about? Earlier than I seemed on the guide, I assumed it is likely to be somewhat one-dimensional, however upon opening it I realised I had misjudged. As I browsed via the guide, I used to be shocked on the high quality and number of photos. Moreso, I used to be impressed on the move of the photographs via the guide. From early footage which, as you would possibly count on, painting the standard discipline footage as proven on the duvet, to later footage that discover the number of seasons, harvesting, mist, animal life, and so on.
Finn Hopson’s compositional expertise are spot on time and time once more as properly. These photos, redolent of Eric Ravilious’s work of the south downs, exhibit a powerful graphic type whereas avoiding the sorts of excessive minimalism that has grow to be widespread in images.
All through the guide are scattered South Downs slang or out of use expressions for the land, climate or farming. These break up the sequence of the images, making a variation in tempo of rhythm. I notably preferred the phrase “Grattern” for a stubbly discipline.
A model of the guide was initially launched by Kozu however Finn has reprinted it in hardback and the print and paper high quality is superb.
You should purchase the guide from Finn’s web site, brightonphotography.com for £39. Finn additionally has gives of prints with the guide as properly.
I am all the time blissful to be pleasantly shocked by a guide and Finn’s has simply accomplished that and can sit proudly in my panorama library. Extremely beneficial!