To Meet This Land

A pilgrimage is a magical way to begin a series of work. I began this one by traveling to England’s Lake District, to the area that inspired Beatrix Potter. She is best known for her children’s books, Peter Rabbit, et al. but it was what happened after Peter Rabbit that inspires me. Following the death of her fiancé in 1905, Beatrix bought a small farm in a very small village, intuitively knowing she needed to change the shape of her life. She continued with her books, but gradually became a respected farmer and conservationist, leaving over 4,000 acres of working farms to the National Trust when she died in 1943.

There’s a lot more to the story, but as a woman who has also come through grief and then changed the direction of my life, I admire Beatrix’s strength and sensitivity. I wanted to meet this land that gave birth to her new life. By walking with my camera over the same hills and paths, I am finding my own connection with the land and hope to touch a timeless spirit between Beatrix’s walking it a hundred years ago and my own walking it.

This is a series in progress and I’m excited to be returning to the area to work on it.

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