Floodplain

I was born with a passion for Angling, a pastime of immersion in the landscape and self contemplation, allowing one for a precious moment to become part of the landscape. My Bible was ‘Fishing with Mr Crabtree in all waters’. In 1971 I was given a copy of the 4th edition as a birthday present and it remains a prized possession. I read it avidly and dreamt of catching every fish that was so beautifully described and illustrated. My Uncle Ted would take me fishing in his green Morris Minor Traveller. Dressed in a tweed jacket, sucking on his ever present pipe and armed with an old split cane rod and centre pin reel, he was my Mr Crabtree. Our favourite haunt was the River Rother that flows from Empshott in Hampshire to Stopham in West Sussex where it joins the River Arun. It is a place of ghosts and fond memories that I still love and visit to this day. Around the village of Pulborough, that stands on the Roman road from Regnum to Londinium, the Rother and Arun flow through a low lying plain that floods most winters. It is an area known as the ‘Arun Wildbrooks’, encompassing Amberley Wild Brooks and the wetlands of Pulborough Brooks and is considered important for it’s biodiversity. During the floods it becomes a transitional area where water and land merge to create new lakes, hidden ponds, secret streams and haunting landscapes. The land becomes immersed in much the same way that the Angler does. In capturing these strange yet oddly familiar landscapes, I hope to present an analogy for our own fleeting and fragile relationship with the natural world.

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  •  Fishing with Mr Crabtree

    Fishing with Mr Crabtree

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    The Arun Wildbrooks