Alex Wolfe-Warman - The Woods
- Self Published, Summer 2022
- Softcover, 86pp
- Design by Jotte Studio
- Image production by Bread&Butter
- Signed copy
The Woods by photographer Alex Wolfe-Warman is a meditative journey through Weston Woods, overlooking the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. Born in Weston-Super-Mare in 1965, Wolfe-Warman has photographed both town and woods since returning to his hometown in 2007, culminating in his first book Weston-super-Mare My Home Town in 2016 and The Woods in 2022. The Woods, features images made since 2019, it presents a tender and calm view of this ancient woodland at a time of turbulence and change both locally and in the world at large.
Weston Woods in particular have been the subject of great debate in recent years, centred on the Iron Age Hillfort. The central question being whether the area should be returned to its Iron Age treeless state, or whether the now-ancient woodland (which will be 200 years old in 2023) should also be considered for preservation. Wolfe-Warman demonstrates in his work the quiet harmony between the man made and the natural, suggesting perhaps that the two can sit alongside and within each other without too drastic an intervention.
The project was conceived and started prior to Covid-19, but its timing coincides with a shift in how many of us feel about our green and natural spaces. In The Woods, Wolfe-Warman acts as our guide showing us the woodland he loves.