Dark Peak is a turbulent journey though a landscape inhabited by hobmen, witchy women, ghosts and ghouls, running water, green moss and grey stone.
The images invoke a deeply uncanny atmosphere akin to contemporary horror films VVitch and Hereditary and the at times treacherous and unruly character of the landscape itself insinuates itself into every aspect of the project. The poetry braids the oral folk characters deep into the history of the places that have been photographed and gives them life and texture beyond the quarries, rivers, woodland and moors. They speak grief, loss, animal brutality, doom, darkness and death. Strangeness and familiarity linger of the edges of the poems. The seeds from the trees in these places will catch at the back of your throat and you will cough up these collected words. They will roll around your mouth and unfurl on your lolling tongue. There is an unhinging and unhinged shadow of a Yorkshire hob walking with you.