“When I start photographing a project, I try to begin with an open mind.  Anything else might limit or even crush spontaneity or understanding...  But occasionally, after a long time photographing a potential project, I drop it for a lack of empathy for the subject.

With Five Fields Five Years, I spent the first year walking the boundaries of these five fields, exploring them and my ideas as they developed.  None of the images I took in that first year made it into the ongoing project – although without them I would not have created what I have.

The idea of walking these boundaries every day, twice a day, for five years opens up a completely new way of working for me.  Often, not taking photographs has become the order of the day; or only photographing when there was a discernible change in the subject (which could be seasonal or annual or momentary); only recording events from the point on the walk where it occurred (not trying to get into a better position); only taking photographs for the project whilst performing the ritual of beating the bounds (not popping up there when the lighting was right or the farmer was doing something).

So the project came to represent the world seen from a particular place at set times over a long period.”

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Rick Walton  2010

These five fields are both very empty and very full while being very slow

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