The spaces pull,
Under my skin.
No surface itches,
Drawn to the light.
Inside the whale,
Shafts of white.
A nasal breech,
Industrial fridge murder.
Christmas rush hush,
Blaming lame public,
And you will stay no more,
No carpet floor.
A black corner.
No longer warm.
So this is the beaten track
I’ve turned the corner now
Time etched in rock
3 figures of feet below me
Green stagnant pools
Hung over by gulls
I’m looking down
Birds give me perspective
I’m thinking about what?
What was their?
Lines in rock?
all that’s gone?
Still Undulating gulls flock.
Far away in vast abyss
Hi-vis calls Grampian tone
breaks the gaze…
No i’m alright?
In times of austerity councils like to take large a chunk of cash for condemning what they call derelict houses. They have done it with many parts of Liverpool now. Edge lane, parts of Anfield and Smithdown Road to name a few!
Many of the terraces have gone but ls left is dystopian with all street signs removed and a feel of 1984
However in Croxteth Princess park area are the “Welsh Streets” due to being built and lived in c.1880 by skilled Welsh workers. Welsh immigrants built a large percentage of buildings around Liverpool in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The homes were named after places in Wales. Ringo Starr lived in Madryn Street as a child.
I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the Welsh houses on the weekend that some of the streets were actually saved
Click on Cymru at Oriel Colwyn
I’m a Youth Worker for Conwy County Council in Colwyn bay. I’ve been teaching a group of 8 young people about Photography over the past few months as part of Cwl Cymru. We have been working together on their connection or importance of being Welsh. We have photographed in North wales
- Betws Y Coed
- Colwyn Bay
We also took the group down to Cardiff Bay for a Weekend. Where we also took some photos
We have been lucky to get a space at Oriel Colwyn from the 11th January. Which we are followed by the excellent Tom Wood and Mike McCartney after him. So im really chuffed to be able to finish the project in such style. Make sure you check out http://orielcolwyn.org/ above the theatre and the great work Paul Sampson is doing.
Hopefully see you there
Please go and see my exhibition if you are over at Sale in Manchester
I grew up in an industrial northern town. In the 1980s the industry left…
British industry underwent a period of turbulent change during the 1980s
as a result of new government policies. The Thatcher administration then
advanced the concept of ‘The Industrial Estate’, which became an out
of town regeneration scheme that every town wanted.
As an island, there is only so much small industry our infrastructure can support.
Often when an area receives European funding, it is designated as an
inhabitable Brownfield Site renovation scheme. Such official terminology
can be perceived as disingenuous and becomes a metaphor for deprivation.
I aim to document the junctions and roads of the areas where the jobs never came.