Why photographer Eddie Otchere swapped drum’n’bass for rural idylls

In May 2017, at the end of a week-long commission for the Brighton festival, Eddie Otchere picked up his camera and ventured out into the countryside. As hikes go, it was fairly unremarkable: he wandered into the South Downs and then wandered back again. But for a committed Londoner like Otchere, whose 25-year career as a photographer has been intimately tied to urban subjects – he documented the rise of drum’n’bass in the mid-90s and is best known for his revealing portraits of rappers such as Jay-Z and the Wu-Tang Clan – this walk marked the beginning of something new and unexpected and even, he admits, a little bit terrifying.