Durlescombe
       
     
DPP_0004.JPG
       
     
DPP_0006.JPG
       
     
DPP_0007.JPG
       
     
DPP_0008.JPG
       
     
DPP_0009.JPG
       
     
DPP_0010.JPG
       
     
DPP_0011.JPG
       
     
DPP_0012.JPG
       
     
DPP_0013.JPG
       
     
DPP_0014.JPG
       
     
DPP_0015.JPG
       
     
DPP_0016.JPG
       
     
DPP_0017.JPG
       
     
DPP_0018.JPG
       
     
DPP_0019.JPG
       
     
DPP_0020.JPG
       
     
DPP_0021.JPG
       
     
DPP_0022.JPG
       
     
DPP_0023.JPG
       
     
DPP_0024.JPG
       
     
DPP_0025.JPG
       
     
DPP_0026.JPG
       
     
DPP_0027.JPG
       
     
DPP_0028.JPG
       
     
DPP_0029.JPG
       
     
DPP_0030.JPG
       
     
DPP_0031.JPG
       
     
DPP_0032.JPG
       
     
DPP_0033.JPG
       
     
DPP_0034.JPG
       
     
DPP_0035.JPG
       
     
DPP_0036.JPG
       
     
DPP_0037.JPG
       
     
DPP_0038.JPG
       
     
DPP_0039.JPG
       
     
DPP_0040.JPG
       
     
DPP_0041.JPG
       
     
DPP_0042.JPG
       
     
DPP_0043.JPG
       
     
DPP_0044.JPG
       
     
DPP_0045.JPG
       
     
DPP_0046.JPG
       
     
DPP_0047.JPG
       
     
DPP_0048.JPG
       
     
DPP_0049.JPG
       
     
DPP_0050.JPG
       
     
DPP_0051.JPG
       
     
DPP_0052.JPG
       
     
DPP_0053.JPG
       
     
DPP_0054.JPG
       
     
DPP_0055.JPG
       
     
DPP_0056.JPG
       
     
DPP_0057.JPG
       
     
DPP_0058.JPG
       
     
DPP_0059.JPG
       
     
DPP_0060.JPG
       
     
DPP_0061.JPG
       
     
DPP_0062.JPG
       
     
DPP_0063.JPG
       
     
DPP_0064.JPG
       
     
DPP_0065.JPG
       
     
DPP_0066.JPG
       
     
DPP_0067.JPG
       
     
DPP_0068.JPG
       
     
DPP_0069.JPG
       
     
DPP_0070.JPG
       
     
DPP_0071.JPG
       
     
DPP_0072.JPG
       
     
DPP_0073.JPG
       
     
DPP_0074.JPG
       
     
DPP_0075.JPG
       
     
DPP_0076.JPG
       
     
DPP_0077.JPG
       
     
DPP_0078.JPG
       
     
DPP_0079.JPG
       
     
DPP_0080.JPG
       
     
DPP_0081.JPG
       
     
DPP_0082.JPG
       
     
DPP_0083.JPG
       
     
DPP_0084.JPG
       
     
DPP_0085.JPG
       
     
DPP_0086.JPG
       
     
DPP_0087.JPG
       
     
DPP_0088.JPG
       
     
DPP_0089.JPG
       
     
DPP_0090.JPG
       
     
DPP_0091.JPG
       
     
DPP_0092.jpg
       
     
DPP_0093.JPG
       
     
DPP_0094.jpg
       
     
DPP_0095.JPG
       
     
DPP_0096.jpg
       
     
DPP_0097.JPG
       
     
DPP_0098.jpg
       
     
DPP_0099.JPG
       
     
DPP_0100.jpg
       
     
Durlescombe
       
     
Durlescombe

Durlescombe is an ongoing series of photographs made in Devon in the South West of England. The work documents the people, places, landscapes and local industries of a fading rural culture and in doing so explores my own attachment to a region where generations of my family have lived and worked for almost one thousand years. But alongside its preoccupations with a specific place and identity, the work also aims to mirror social changes that extend far beyond its particular context, those that have seen local distinctiveness, as expressed through communal traditions, patterns of labour, crafts and religious rituals, increasingly subsumed into a more globalised economy and culture.

The deep historical resonance of these photographs extends back to the Norman conquest of 1066, which brought with it an influx of new settlers to Devon from Northern France and beyond. In 1631, during the reign of King Charles I, William Darch was born in Dolton, and he became the first in a long line of millers that would own and work grain mills across Devon. Many generations later, my four times great-grandfather Robert Darch owned and ran the mill in North Tawton until his death in 1805. I was born in Birmingham in 1979, and although I was aware that my roots were in Devon, during my formative years in the midlands I knew very little of this family history. More recently I have been increasingly drawn to work in and connect with places in this area, only later discovering their particular family connections and personal relevance. This sense of a shared history of place, along with a developing interest in remnants of that history, provided the catalyst for the Durlescombe project. 

Durlescombe is a typical village, unspecific and representative, one that provides a narrative distance from the persuasive mode of documentary realism and a space in which questions about familiarity, attachment and belonging might be asked. The images of Durlescombe – a layered assemblage of my photographs, family history pictures and found illustrations – are in this way both actual records and speculative fictions, which track my own pursuits to feel and find points of connection. The photographs are my attempt to map a learnt culture onto direct experience. The work also admits the potential of other, unconscious forces driving the ‘subjectivisation’ of places. 


Historical Image is used with permission from 'Beaford Old Archive image (c) Beaford Arts

DPP_0004.JPG
       
     
DPP_0006.JPG
       
     
DPP_0007.JPG
       
     
DPP_0008.JPG
       
     
DPP_0009.JPG
       
     
DPP_0010.JPG
       
     
DPP_0011.JPG
       
     
DPP_0012.JPG
       
     
DPP_0013.JPG
       
     
DPP_0014.JPG
       
     
DPP_0015.JPG
       
     
DPP_0016.JPG
       
     
DPP_0017.JPG
       
     
DPP_0018.JPG
       
     
DPP_0019.JPG
       
     
DPP_0020.JPG
       
     
DPP_0021.JPG
       
     
DPP_0022.JPG
       
     
DPP_0023.JPG
       
     
DPP_0024.JPG
       
     
DPP_0025.JPG
       
     
DPP_0026.JPG
       
     
DPP_0027.JPG
       
     
DPP_0028.JPG
       
     
DPP_0029.JPG
       
     
DPP_0030.JPG
       
     
DPP_0031.JPG
       
     
DPP_0032.JPG
       
     
DPP_0033.JPG
       
     
DPP_0034.JPG
       
     
DPP_0035.JPG
       
     
DPP_0036.JPG
       
     
DPP_0037.JPG
       
     
DPP_0038.JPG
       
     
DPP_0039.JPG
       
     
DPP_0040.JPG
       
     
DPP_0041.JPG
       
     
DPP_0042.JPG
       
     
DPP_0043.JPG
       
     
DPP_0044.JPG
       
     
DPP_0045.JPG
       
     
DPP_0046.JPG
       
     
DPP_0047.JPG
       
     
DPP_0048.JPG
       
     
DPP_0049.JPG
       
     
DPP_0050.JPG
       
     
DPP_0051.JPG
       
     
DPP_0052.JPG
       
     
DPP_0053.JPG
       
     
DPP_0054.JPG
       
     
DPP_0055.JPG
       
     
DPP_0056.JPG
       
     
DPP_0057.JPG
       
     
DPP_0058.JPG
       
     
DPP_0059.JPG
       
     
DPP_0060.JPG
       
     
DPP_0061.JPG
       
     
DPP_0062.JPG
       
     
DPP_0063.JPG
       
     
DPP_0064.JPG
       
     
DPP_0065.JPG
       
     
DPP_0066.JPG
       
     
DPP_0067.JPG
       
     
DPP_0068.JPG
       
     
DPP_0069.JPG
       
     
DPP_0070.JPG
       
     
DPP_0071.JPG
       
     
DPP_0072.JPG
       
     
DPP_0073.JPG
       
     
DPP_0074.JPG
       
     
DPP_0075.JPG
       
     
DPP_0076.JPG
       
     
DPP_0077.JPG
       
     
DPP_0078.JPG
       
     
DPP_0079.JPG
       
     
DPP_0080.JPG
       
     
DPP_0081.JPG
       
     
DPP_0082.JPG
       
     
DPP_0083.JPG
       
     
DPP_0084.JPG
       
     
DPP_0085.JPG
       
     
DPP_0086.JPG
       
     
DPP_0087.JPG
       
     
DPP_0088.JPG
       
     
DPP_0089.JPG
       
     
DPP_0090.JPG
       
     
DPP_0091.JPG
       
     
DPP_0092.jpg
       
     
DPP_0093.JPG
       
     
DPP_0094.jpg
       
     
DPP_0095.JPG
       
     
DPP_0096.jpg
       
     
DPP_0097.JPG
       
     
DPP_0098.jpg
       
     
DPP_0099.JPG
       
     
DPP_0100.jpg