The British photographer Ellie Davies explores the relationship between the individual and the forest. She makes temporary interventions in the natural environment in order to facilitate the immersion of the viewer in the fantasy-like habitat and the transitory return to the wondrous age of childhood.
“Against this backdrop my work explores the ways in which identity is formed by the landscapes we live and grow up in. Making a variety of temporary and non-invasive interventions in the forest, my work places the viewer in the gap between reality and fantasy, creating spaces which encourage the viewer to re-evaluate the way in which their own relationship with the landscape is formed, the extent to which it is a product of cultural heritage or personal experience, and how this has been instrumental in their own identity,” stated Davies.
Her work is inspired by her childhood spent playing with her sister in the deep woods of South England.
“These altered landscapes operate on a number of levels. They are a reflection of my personal relationship with the forest, a meditation on universal themes relating to the psyche and call into question the concept of landscape as a social and cultural construct. Most importantly they draw the viewer into the forest space, asking the them to consider how their own identity is shaped by the landscapes they live in,” added the photographer.
Her exhibition Into the Woods is on display at the Kalman Gallery, London, until 20th of August.
Photo credits: Ellie Davies