Anthology of Rural Life is a collaborative photographic project by photographers Oliver Udy and Colin Robins. The work provides a comparative visual study of the continuities and differences in patterns of life within contemporary rural areas. These in turn reflect shifting economic, social and cultural forces occurring in diverse European contexts.
The images have been made in the UK, Finland, Italy and Poland so far, with further studies planned for the future.
“What emerges from these compelling photographs, beyond the simple force of character that is in itself often so disarming, is that each figure embodies an individual narrative, and a trace of local history, that builds over the images into a cross-section and a collective portrait of a new rural society.” – David Chandler