'Ashdown Forest: Through the Seasons', the book - Coming in Autumn 2021

Welcome to my project, ‘Ashdown Forest: Through the Seasons’.

I have come to the end of Year 1 of my two year long project, in which I am documenting Ashdown Forest week by week, to show how the landscape changes throughout the year. The result of this will be the production of a large coffee table book filled with over 150 photographs, along side an exhibition of prints!

Back in Autumn 2019 I decided it was about time I truly got to understand and explore the Forest. I wanted to appreciate its beauty, value each season and delve into its history and thus the ‘Ashdown Forest: Through the Seasons’ project was born! Since then I have been visiting the Forest on a regular basis to document the changing seasons, from the bitterly cold Winter mornings, to the arrival of new growth in Spring, the heather on warm Summer days, the golden hues of Autumn and the wet days of early Winter!

The aim is for this two year long project to culminate in a self published book in late 2021 and a photographic exhibition in Spring 2022.

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As of March 2021, the project is going really well and an initial design for the book has been created! Talks with the printers are going well and everything is on track for the Kickstarter campaign, which will be the main way to purchase the book, to go ‘live’ in October.

I am really looking forward to photographing the arrival of Spring on the Forest, something I was not able to do last year due to Lockdown Rules, and will be sure to share videos and photos on Instagram (@craigpaynephoto).

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Those that have been following my work for a while will know I love country life and I hope this project will sit along side the rest of my countryside inspired work, which can be viewed here, Country Life Portfolio.

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