Highway home

Esther Johnson

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3’ • 2008 • ov english • st french • United Kingdom • documentary • 16/9

Highway Home is a contemplative, static study of an unlikely landmark in an unlikely place. Normally only glimpsed in passing, Stott Hall Farm, a cottage built in 1737, floats islandlike in the middle of the M62 in West Yorkshire, whilst cars and lorries thunder past on both sides. Despite the farm seemingly being a monument to stubbornness, the urban myth being that the farmer refused to leave when the motorway was built in the 1970s, the truth of the story is that the east- and westbound carriageways could not meet due to the lie of the land, and the motorway had to be parted around the cottage to avoid landslips.

image, sound, editing and still photography: Esther Johnson
sound recording: Esther Johnson & Christopher Wilson
voice: Paul Thorp


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