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Darren Rigo

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In folklore, the woods are seen as a place of magic; a place rarely travelled and where things are not always as they seem. Having grown up on a hundred-acre parcel of land, Canadian photographer Darren Rigo knows this too well. As a child, he explored the woods and swamps, encountering monsters, thieves, steep cliffs and bottomless pits on his many quests for treasure and lost civilisations.

In his series The Woods, Rigo focuses on these memories of his childhood and photographs the wooded area by the farmhouse where he grew up. By building forts out of tree branches, and using objects collected by his grandfather over the years, Rigo exaggerates the features he discovered around the property and creates images that examine the relationship between man and nature whilst maintaining the magic of a child’s imagination.