Author, Film Maker & Photographer, Chris Chapman has lived and worked on Dartmoor for the past 40 years, amassing a huge archive of images of people and place. His work can be found in many private and public collections, notably the Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council England and the International Center of Photography in New York.
Chris is co-author of The Three Hares, A Curiosity Worth Regarding. The Three Hares Project is researching and documenting an ancient symbol of three hares or rabbits running in a circle and joined by their ears which form a triangle at the centre of the design. The symbol is a puzzle for each creature appears to have two ears yet, between them, they share only three ears.
The Project has revealed the motif to be an extraordinary and ancient archetype, stretching across diverse religions and cultures, spanning centuries and many thousands of miles. It is part of the shared medieval heritage of Europe and Asia (Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism) yet still inspires creative work among contemporary artists.
Chris has gone in search of the Three Hares motif and photographed it in numerous locations across the country. The resulting images reveal the beauty of the design in varied contexts and highlights the remarkable story of the three hares.