Since the 1950s, over half of traditional orchards in England have disappeared due to development, conversion of land to other uses, and intensive farming. The Orchard Project is dedicated solely to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards. Working in collaboration with the national charity, I visited sites under restoration and created pinhole cameras out of apples at each location.
Utilising these site-specific cameras, the work captures team members, volunteers and visitors, who are all integral to the survival of the orchards. By piecing together a narrative from the perspective of the preserved apple, the project seeks to highlight and reflect on the intertwined relationship between agriculture and community.
Commissioned by the A is for Apple Project.
Find out more: derekman.com/project/what-do-you-see-old-apple-tree