The Marshland

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Tanya Houghton

06 Nov 2017 to 19 Nov 2017
London’s Marshland; an expanse of over 10,000 acres that stretch from the east end up to the north east of the city. An intricate network of London’s waterways and protected marshland, they are home to many of London’s boating community, dog walkers, urban ramblers. Once combined these users create an intricate web of unseen paths, hints that they were once there scattered across the landscape.

This area of the city creates a tension where the urban meets the rural. Pockets of protected marshland, wasteland, and forgotten industry nestle up against residential zones, creating an interesting juxtaposition of the man made and the natural.

The resulting body of work is an exploration of these urban-rural spaces. Created through a series of walks Houghton follows trodden paths and wanders through hidden pockets of the Marshland. Photographing the landscape as she moves through it, she collects man made items and local flora to be reworked into sculptural still lives in the studio. Painterly landscapes and delicate still lives act as testimony to the human interaction with these green spaces. The images allude to the traces left on the landscape and hint at the signs that we were once there.


About the Artist:
Tanya Houghton is a social documentary photographer and interdisciplinary practitioner based in London. Having studied at both the University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London she comes from a background of sociology and concpetual photography. 

She has been selected for Organ Vida Festival 2017 and was recently awarded the Graduate Breakthrough award by the British Journal of Photography, the professional award at Reclaim Photography Festival and the D&AD Global Next Photographer, she is a member of the Urban Photographers Association.

Her work has featured in; A Paper Sea Quarterly, Australian Times, the British Journal of Photography, Hash Tag Photography Journal, Junko Journal, South African News, The Telegraph, World Photo China and the World Photography Organisation. 

10 - 15 Nov. 2017 | 8:00 - 20:00
Tanya Houghton
Tanya Houghton
Deptford High Street
Nearest Tube
Deptford DLR

© Tanya Houghton 2017