The Imagined Country.

Blog of thoughts and actions for Photographer and Visual Artist, Matthew Hoyland.

Asking, exactly what is the contemporary countryside and what role does it play in society? amongst other curiosities.

www.matthewhoyland.co.uk
'Danger mud on road'

'Danger mud on road'

The Major Oak,

The Major Oak,

A jacket, cap and stick are all thats needed to imagine oneself a country gent.

Complimentary Styles.

Complimentary Styles.

Playing the part of the ‘landed Gentry’

Playing the part of the ‘landed Gentry’

Did you ever have a job that you hated and worked real hard at? A long, hard day of work. Finally you get to go home, get in bed, close your eyes and immediately you wake up and realise… that the whole day at work had been a dream. It’s bad enough that you sell your waking life for minimum wage, but now they get your dreams for free.

—Waking life (2001)

Here are a few scans taken from my Grandparents slide collection relating to my family farm. some go as far back as 1967. 

Really gives an insight into the advancements agriculture has achieved as well as continual change and development of the farm over the years, a bright future for a farming family consisting of my Grandparents and my Uncle and Father.

Contrast this with the farm in the present day and it tells a polar opposite story.

Couple of photographs from a recent shoot with contemporary folk/roots/world band. Check them out at www.muha.co.uk