Previously featured in Thisispaper, English photographer Spencer Murphy documented the lives of a small community of woodland dwellers, before they were evicted from their homes.
The Dwelling is a beautiful and intriguing attempt to present the lives of inhabitants residing in a forest, who had decided to live off the grid, next to a site at Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed 800 years before. Considered by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, the foundation of liberty and seen as a basis for human rights laws that followed.
Runnymede became a home to those enjoying life free of modern-day stress and expectations. On the verge of existential choices, Spencer Murphy found himself escaping to the woods, spending time with the inhabitants of Runnymede Eco Village. Unfortunately, their lives didn’t remain peaceful for long. The community was summonsed to attend court and after losing their battle to stay, they were evicted and their homes destroyed.
The artist documented the lives of these free dwellers, showing the spectator the true inspirational charm lying beneath this different way of living. The whole body of work is a visual narrative on his thoughts, his views, and also conceptually, a display of the strong contrast between the written principles of liberty and real life.