'Shepherding the Uplands' by Phil Hatcher-Moore
Photography project portraying hill sheep farming communities in rural North Wales. The images will be exhibited in spaces in rural areas and cities, with a select few on roadsides and footpaths to show the inner workings of life in the North Wales countryside. Phil will seek to get behind romantic notions of the uplands to examine the reality of living in an EU designated ‘less favoured areas’, where farming communities have been heavily subsidised by the EU (80% of some farmers income – itself an average of £13,000). To do this, he plans to look into the workers’ lives and draw parallels and themes, following them across the different jobs they do. He is also interested in how generations of families have shaped the land that we call our country.
PHIL HATCHER-MOORE is a photo-journalist based in Wales but who travels the world in search of images and stories. His clients include the Guardian, AFP, Le Monde and other major news outlets where he has covered conflicts in Syria, Libya and South Sudan.