The bings are an enormous set of spoil-heaps comprised from the tailings of the once globally important shale-oil industry which was centered in West Lothian. Since workings ended in the early 1960's, the bings have gradually been re-appropriated as an unlikely leisure ground, site of nationally significant biodiversity and a monumental symbol of West Lothian identity. Although I describe my project as a study of the bings, it's perhaps more appropriate to describe the photographs as a record of my experience of the bings. I eschew the absolute objectivity often associated with contemporary landscape photography in favor of making beautiful images and by doing so aim to challenge ideas about how we perceive use of post-industrial landscapes in Scotland.
Grace Avery • Josh Corkill • Thomas Dance • Rosie Harriet Ellis • Nadia Luella Ruth Gabriel • Jack Luke • Corinne McDonough • Katharine Ross •