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Commissioned Artist: Tessa Bunney

Related: Dan Holdsworth, Sunderland University

For over 25 years, I have photographed rural life, working closely with individuals and communities to investigate how the landscape is shaped by humans. From hill farmers near my home in North Yorkshire to Icelandic puffin hunters, from Finnish ice swimmers to Romanian nomadic shepherds, my projects reveal the fascinating intricacies of the dependencies between people, work and the land.

My long-term project about flower farming includes FarmerFlorist celebrating the domestic flower growers of Britain, The Road to Tambuzi a collaboration with a Fairtrade rose farm in Kenya and most recently The Flower Fields, a commission from NEPN about flower farming and technology in Lincolnshire.

FarmerFlorist was published by Another Place Press as part of their Field Notes series and in 2020 my exhibition ‘Otherwise Unseen’, bringing together four series which explore rural communities in Europe and South East Asia was shown at the Side Gallery, Britain’s only documentary photography gallery.

I am currently working with Somerset cider makers (commissioned by the Martin Parr Foundation) and Morecambe Bay fishermen.