For over 25 years, Tessa Bunney has photographed rural life, fascinated by the way the landscape is shaped by humans, from hill farmers near her home in North Yorkshire to Icelandic puffin hunters, from Finnish ice swimmers to Romanian nomadic shepherds.
The series FarmerFlorist celebrates the domestic flower growers of northern England, both past and present. Flower farms were once a familiar feature of the British countryside, but were gradually expunged by industrialised growing methods in the 19th century and then globalisation in the 20th. But now in the 21st, small flower farms are springing up again, fed by fresh interest in environmental sustainability and local seasonal produce.
Tessa’s work has been nominated for prestigious prizes including the Prix Pictet, and put into book form by several leading publishers such as Dewi Lewis and teNeues. She is also regularly commissioned by editorial clients such as the Financial Times Magazine and charitable organisations including Oxfam and Save the Children.
Exhibited widely, Tessa’s work has been shown at many of the UK’s key photography institutions such as Impressions Gallery in Bradford and Photofusion in London, as well as at important photography festivals internationally, including Noorderlicht in the Netherlands and France’s Rencontres d’Arles.