Andy Sewell’s “The Heath”
As recommended by Bruno Ceschel, Founder Self Publish, Be Happy
For the last five years, Andy Sewell, a British photographer based in London, has been photographing Hampstead Heath, a large ancient London park that sits astride a sandy ridge, one of the highest points in the capital. The photographic series have now become a beautifully produced self published book entitled “The Heath”.
This hardback publication is an enchanted glimpse at one of the capitals most interesting and cherished natural areas. The skillfully composed photographs capture the adventures of Sewell as he finds himself being continuously drawn to the park (where he likes to get lost and wander).
The photos are a mix of romantic landscapes (the park has inspired various nineteenth century Romantic artists and poets) and slightly enigmatic—at times creepy—scenes where the park’s naturalistic beauty is scratched by human presence and traces.
What is apparent is Sewell, who regularly works for Telegraph Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and GQ (among others), has great talent as a participant observer: his camera captures beauty and weirdness, subdued by the magic of the Heath.
Just as the Heath casts a spell on Sewell, his book casts a spell on us, the reader.
Publication date: July 2011
Place of publication: London
Edition size: 800
Size: (in cm) 30.5 x 25
Bruno Ceschel is a lecturer in Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, London, a writer and curator. He is also the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy (selfpublishbehappy.com), a organization aim to promote and study self-published photobooks. Self Publish, Be Happy since 2010 has organized events at The Photographers’ Gallery, ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London, OffPrint in Paris and at Flash Forward Festival in Toronto and Boston and its library/exhibition toured various photography festivals in the Summer 2011. SP,BH has published its first book titled SPBN – Self Publish, Be Naughty in October 2011.