The Old Mill, Durlescombe, Devon. My eight times Great grandfather William Darch owned this house and Mill in the 17th century. Although born in Birmingham and grew up in the Midlands my family history is rooted in Devon and the southwest of England.
Born in Birmingham, Robert Darch is a photographer, educator & curator based in the South West of England
Durlescombe is an ongoing series of photographs made in Devon in the South West of England. The work documents the people, places, landscapes and local industries of a fading rural culture and in doing so explores my own attachment to a region where generations of my family have lived and worked for almost one thousand years. But alongside its preoccupations with a specific place and identity, the work also aims to mirror social changes that extend far beyond its particular context, those that have seen local distinctiveness, as expressed through communal traditions, patterns of labour, crafts and religious rituals, increasingly subsumed into a more globalised economy and culture.
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