The photographs belong to a larger series which examines the way in which Dartmoor is utilised for the training of our Armed Forces. Embracing the infrastructure as part of Dartmoor’s cultural heritage, whilst simultaneously acknowledging the environmental impacts inherent with military practices, the body of work invites the viewer to consider the ways in which the Ministry of Defence use our natural spaces and encourages them to draw their own conclusions about the politics of such uses, with relation to conservation, public access, land ownership and national defense.
"I am a great believer in a simple text to articulate a project which Nicholas has produced to accompany this work. I don't know if this is an ongoing project, but as it's about the ongoing use of an environment, it would be good to see the range of seasons articulated in the picture edit. I'd also like to see Nicholas break away from the very centralised composition that he is using in most of these images and loosen thing up - I know there's a formality in medium format, but a bit more variety in terms of scale and composition would enliven the edit."
Sophie Wright - Cultural & Print Room Director, Magnum Photos