I am a french journalist and a photographer. I grew up in France, riding across the beautiful outskirts of the Fontainebleau Forest. When I first discovered Hampstead Heath in 2000, it felt like I had always belonged there. These 790 acres of wild land, ancient hills, deep ponds and magical woods, full of history and memories, instantly filled my senses and imagination.


Unbelievable trees, some more than 400 years old, famous ghosts footprints - John Keats, Lord Byron, John Constable, T.S. Eliot, Daphné du Maurier, Cecil Beaton, George Orwell... Dick Turpin galoping through the land... I walk on among their steps. The Heath remains full of untold stories...



I have been living by the Heath for 15 years now, and this magical land has inspired me with writing stories, poems and taking photographs. Like any lover of this unique place on earth, I've always wished to show its richness and history, and help build its ongoing memory throughout time and communities.


Showing how trees can grow to reveal hidden shapes and images, all genuine master pieces: human bodies, faces, animals, odd creatures, creative patterns... 
Seizing the instant, shadow and light. Magic moments that I get to catch or miss, like in life. Enjoying any small sign, unique gifts.
Showing how one can walk on the Heath like visiting an exhibition, like flicking through images of a fairy tale, a fantasy book.


From Broceliande to Camelot, from Midsummer Night's Dream to the Fangorn Forest, from Fontainebleau to the Heath, from any wood to any forest around the world... 

 

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                   SandJo



 

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