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In the national imagination, the English landscape is the antidote to the urban landscape. The urban landscape, particularly since the Industrial Revolution, embodies all the demonic qualities endemic to the (especially Protestant) religious imagination: monstrous, brutal, mendacious, filthy, lascivious. The countryside is, by contrast, bucolic, green, pure. The presence of agriculutre is romanticised as Divine providence – its fecundity is strictly non-sexualised. Even farming’s most pernicious externalities are overlooked in our commitment to seeing the rural landscape as essentially and delightfully innocent. Sometimes it is pornographic, though.

Photograph made on Iflord HP5 5x4 sheet film in 2015.