Where ever I visit it seems there are cranes building outwards and up. Construction and urban development are prevalent across towns and cities. You can not escape it. The topic of development often instigates political and social debate when linked to such issues as gentrification, affordable housing and access for marginalised members of the community to local amenities.
I have been documenting the environmental changes in Bath since I moved here, visually interpreting the diverse architecture that I find away from the Georgian grandeur. Its ornate elegance is beautiful, but when you know that much of its wealth stems from slavery and an impoverished workforce, you may begin to wonder why we still celebrate it.
I wish to show a contrast to the meticulous Georgian aesthetic, one found in every British settlement claiming historical relevance, but that may not be mentioned. For me it is important to document areas of contemporary social relevance. Post WWII landmarks that symbolise reform and the beginning of the welfare state, domestic new builds, industrial architecture, open spaces with a variety of functions are a few examples of the parts of the city I choose to archive.
“I get sick of being in the same place for too long, so I walk or cycle around. With camera to hand I find a new view.
I lived in BA2 for eighteen months. What moves me there are the common workings of the social state, familiarities of which I find nostalgic. Georgian grandeur awash with crowds is irrelevant.
When the shutter releases, concepts of aesthetics and social worth juxtapose equally. Process. Repeat. “
Book one is a photo essay shot between 2013 and 2016 in Bath’s BA2 postal area that documents change and discoveries in the city.
book spec 130mm x 190mm 20pp booklet 120gsm recycled paper pages with 160gsm cover.
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