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HOWARD PAYTON: at the SALAR till 1st August
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 27, 2009: br> Exhibition at Salar Gallery: June 30 th to August 1 st 2009
‘From Devon Hills to Northern Shores' – A photographic journey amongst the farmers and landscape of Britain and beyond.
‘The countryside where I have lived and worked for over 50 years is a place of many moods and physical changes. From season to season and from one weather pattern to another, I have sought to record in an honest and direct way its many facets and shifting moods and hopefully sensitively interpret my view of it.
‘A new birth or first growing shoot of a plant is unceasingly a moment of pleasure and beauty often accompanied by some inevitable hardship of nature; a field's still quiet calm lasting for weeks or months on end is changed dramatically and suddenly by machinery and men; the cycle of the land turning again as the men and women of the farming community strive in their most important work, to provide food for all, while maintaining the rich diversity of the landscape around us.
‘My own journey in the world I describe above began as a child on the South Downs of Sussex where I first started to absorb the influences of the farms and people around me. With the help of a period of college training in the technicalities of photography and film, I worked as a freelance professional but still continued my farming activities firstly in Berkshire and in more recent years in Devon, raising native breeds of sheep and cattle. I have been lucky enough to have spent time working and travelling in the remote islands off the coast of Great Britain, particularly Orkney and St Kilda, and for a while in Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands where I continued recording the rural life around me.
‘The photographs exhibited in this exhibition are some of a largely pictorial and documentary collection taken over many years and still ongoing' Howard Payton



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