'History turns space into place. This simple statement masks a complexity of ideological processes associated with the relation of humankind and our environment'. (Liz Wells, 2011)
The medieval defence sea wall was build 400 years ago and this land was claimed for farmland. Now the natural occurring breach of the wall, caused by high tide, storms and prolonged rainfall has claimed back the land. The sea is mixing into the fresh water marsh and changing the habitats. The green farmland grasses and trees have died and a transition into its original habitat of salt marsh plants and wildlife has begun.
I am intrigued by the cycle of renewal and decay through water and human intervention of the land in this particular place/space, the marsh of Cwm Ivy. My interest is not in purely documenting the changes but in conveying the reclamation and the tension that builds up before each tidal cycle. One has to become part of the landscape, to experience the space, to absorb the sounds, the smells and all the elements that are of importance for the outcome of the images.
The sea water brings life and takes it, purification takes place. Here the land and water are not separated, it interacts as a symbiosis, destroying, creating and re-shaping the land.
My experience of being in this intimate space is reflected in the imagery and becomes something magical as well.
I am compiling research to support this project in collaboration with the National Trust Gower Saltmarsh Project Officer, which is vital for my understanding of the environmental changes and outcome of this project.