Our Landscape and Memory Bear Testament.
In 1020 Bury St Edmunds was the site of one of the richest, and most powerful, monasteries in England. One thousand years on, this project looked to document, with portraiture, the changing demographics of what is now a quiet market town in rural Suffolk.
When this project was started, in late January 2020, it could not have been imagined that by early May of the same year, more than 280,000 people worldwide would have died as a result of a new, and previously unknown virus: Covid-19.
As the world went into lockdown, so did the town of Bury St Edmunds, but this was not the first time in its long history that the town had witnessed a pandemic. The Black Death in 1349, the flu pandemic of 1918 and in the summer of 1637 an outbreak of the plague saw ten percent of the town’s population die in just nine months.
Unwittingly the very people who posed for this project would now bear testament to this new ‘plague', in the very landscape that had born witness to the plagues of the past.