This months photo blogging challenge theme is ‘Anything goes’.
I have had a very busy June. I have been on a photography project based at Backlit Gallery, who are located in an inner city area called Sneinton in the City of Nottingham. There is something very special and unique about Backlit Gallery, because it is in an old industrial factory, which in victorian times was commissioned by Nottingham’s Industrialist Samuel Morley, as it once housed his flourishing textile company called ‘The House Of The Flying Wheel’.
On the ‘Finding Samuel Morley Photography Project’, I worked in a group of eight people, we set about taking photographs of buildings and places that related to Samuel Morley 1809-1886. He was well known for being a philanthropist, educationalist and abolitionist. His political views were considered radical during his time.
Whilst I was in Nottingham photographing old buildings and places that are associated with Samuel Morley, I also took the opportunity to do some street photography in the area of Sneinton. So, here are my 5 images for this month’s photo blogging challenge. Well I say five, two of them are collages.
This is inside Backlit Gallery in Alfred House, Ashley Street, in Sneinton. These are some of the original features in this old hosiery factory. The room was designed to allow plenty of light in, so that the textile workers in the late 1800’s could see well enough to do their intricate work producing garments and underwear.
Derelict swimwear & body wear manufacturers who were called Theatex Ltd. They were located on Ashley Street, Sneinton. The same street as Alfred House.
This car park is no longer in use due to a declined industry.
Today’s Modern Sneinton.
I took lots of photos in Sneinton during the time I was on this project. I found Sneinton to be a vibrant place, I have always known it to generate a sense of community spirit, despite the fact that it is very run down and neglected.
Due to economic change and lack of money industrial properties in Sneinton have not been bought or modernised to operate as businesses. This means that Sneinton has managed to maintain some of its old industrial factory buildings, which have made time stand still for sneinton, providing the district with a feeling of nostalgia and hidden history.
As I was walking around Sneinton with my camera, I sensed that there is a hidden society also existing within the district.
As the gap of inequality gets wider, the easier it has become to fall into and the harder it is to get out off.
Well thats my 5 photos for this time, June has been an eventful month for me. I have had my Human Camera photography exhibition and book launch called “Don’t Look Back You’re Not Going That Way”. I have also been on the ‘Finding Samuel Morley Photography project’ at Backlit Gallery. All of which I think has made this months photo blogging challenge more interesting for me. I found it hard to choose which photos to show. I now have so many unusual and intriguing photographs, as Sneinton can be a very bizarre place. I guess I will get them out there eventually.
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