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Venetia Dearden July 1, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.

At The Firs, Somerset, England

Venetia Dearden (b.1975, England) grew up in Somerset, England and has traveled extensively documenting peoples and their environments. Her has been  published in Vogue, Wallpaper, The Sunday Times Magazine, , W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Stern Magazine among others. Her project about Somerset continues to develop and has been recently published as her first book, “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”, by Kehrer Verlag in Germany. The work has featured at the National Portrait Gallery, was part of a group show at the New York Photo Festival and will be shown in fall 2009 at the M&B Gallery, L.A. Venetia lives in London and is represented by Santucci&Co.

About the Photograph:

“I spent my formative teenage years in Somerset. This long-term connection – and recent disconnection – with Somerset has allowed my passion and curiosity for it to grow while simultaneously motivating a personal and creative photographic  journey. This project is about the people of Somerset, whose story is replicated across the western world. Somerset is a county in Great Britain 200 miles west of London. I have been exploring this area to document the efforts and intentions of individuals and families living a life they believe in – one that reflects their ethics, voices, identity and individuality. What stood out in their relations was the inheritance of values motivating choice as well as providing a source of solace. A younger generation is responding and adapting to their parents’ ideas of progress in the face of the apparent economic and ecological global changes.”