Leeds & Liverpool
I walked the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, observing the burden of deindustrialisation, areas of regeneration/gentrification, and the water’s tranquil flow. Traces of humanity marked possession, use and abuse. A mill’s struggle for redevelopment, a make-shift garden house, detritus framed in shining water, shrubby undergrowth filling the gaps of humankind’s neglect and the ruins of early capitalism. My images and accompanying short film celebrate the richness of meanings and experience found in the everyday condition that are often invisible in socially shared and publicity images that reduce landscapes to pastural places of leisure. They are portrait of humanity through its traces on the landscape and an invitation to look closer at things that often go unnoticed.
Melanie Black • Sarah Deane • Sarah-Jane Field • Andrew Fitzgibbon • David Fletcher • Alan D Horn • Ivan Radman •