I have been photographing a local Mill and surrounding area that is earmarked for re-development.
After I had selected this site I spent some time thinking about how I would approach the subject, but found you can’t second guess this part of the process. There comes a time when you just have to shoot. I have been guided to see making as research and the images as communicating more strongly than a well worded proposal. So below is a small selection of the first edit. The entire edit can be seen in the recent projects gallery.
To put the work in context I am interested in the transient nature of local economies. How the community that surrounded the mill and their labour has been in turn conjured out of nothing and equally magically disappeared. I assume the concern is autobiographical in more than one way. I did work at an associated site to this mill in my first real job. History and nostalgia and dissent I feel are present in the images but as I am not finished shooting I don’t feel I know entirely what the images say. The analysis will follow.
The images were shot at a site in close proximity and historically strongly linked to the Mill. Claremont street is almost no more, physically. It was part of a small (four short streets) community of terraced houses. Houses built to house workers that would work in the local industry. The houses no longer remain, but the streets, the pavement, road and some lamp posts do. On a recce of the project I was drawn to the area and in particular the featured lamp post. I am struck by the absence that the site evokes. The images include members of the nearby estates, captured as they use the site. The site hovers between the past and a future, the photograph’s capacity to memorialise gave the initial impetus.