My first visit to LandWorks, Dartington.

18th June, 2018.

“LandWorks is a supported route back into employment and the community for those in prison or at risk of going to prison”

The charity has over 1000 registered supporters who help the organisation to provide a working day structure using woodworking, veg growing, arts and crafts, construction and landscaping.  Over and above building the skills sets, it focuses on building self-esteem and encourages self-responsibility.

Its statistics are very encouraging for everybody concerned: 93% of the day release prisoners find employment and the re-offending rate for those participating in the scheme is 4%.

Manager Chris Parsons took me round the complex this morning as we discussed what I could and could not do on the site.  I explained that I would like to take photographs of the plantings, of hands working the soil and handling the plants and that I did not want to do any portraits.  I also mentioned my proposed cyanotype quilt project using the images I make of the site.

An astounding coincidence was that the site is built on a former quarry.  The experiments I have been trying using my quarry images and stretched pixels this last week seem a prescient example of the work I hope to be involved in.

I hope to experiment with daylight flash photography as well as trying black & white shots which could work well given the millions of greens evident in the plantings as well as the volumes of the areas under seedlings.

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LandWorks, Dartington.  Copyright Google Earth 2018.

The beauty of it is that the site is so complex as it has developed over time, starting back in 2005.

2 thoughts on “My first visit to LandWorks, Dartington.

  1. This looks to be such an enterprising and creative initiative and so much more appropriate than some projects for ex/offenders.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing how your own involvement with it grows and develops.
    Re the cyanotypes – will you be using cyanotype material?


    1. I am really looking forward to going and taking some photos. My main lens, sadly, has delaminated so taking photos becomes a hit and miss scenario and I don’t know when the images are going to be in focus and when they are not. Yes, I am hoping to soak white cotton in the chemicals and expose it – I tried some last year with the prison images and I overexposed them – I still have not got the exposure timing right. I shall let you know how I am getting on – I have Rosie Emerson fixed in my mind because, as you know, I love her work. Thanks for your comment.


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