The images from Barbed are part of a continuing series exploring the disconnect I feel from my environment since moving to Dorset nearly 19 years ago.
I used to live on the outskirts of London in a place called Northwood; I suppose the name suggests what the environment was like! I had access to various woods, fields and parks where I lived. There was always a green space to go to, and I would walk my dog in the woods most days.
Now, living in Dorset, despite being surrounded by countryside I often feel it is all barred to me in some way. I am trying to represent that in this series of images, one of which is presented here.
When I look at this image, it describes perfectly how I feel about Dorset.
As well as the idea that there is a barrier between me and the countryside, there is a wider feeling that there is a ‘good life’ that I can see, just on the other side of the fence with beautiful blue skies and green fields – the epitome of happiness, but for some reason it remains out of reach.
I present more of this work on my site, sarahcassinscott.com