Coventry Canal at Atherstone

The first post of the New Year! I’m a bit late with it but I don’t make it an absolute necessity to update this blog weekly, or even bi-weekly, just whenever there’s something to say. I’m thankful to have wondered into 2014 with some really exciting commissions on the cards, research-led work that is closely linked to my personal projects. There’s not a great deal I can talk about at this moment though, so all I’ll say is watch this space. Meanwhile, I’ve finally managed to start work on a new series of images looking at Britain’s canal network. It’s early days and I need to do a lot more shooting and much more research before I can properly determine the direction I want to go in with this. Roughly though, the idea is to make a record of the social landscape of Britain using the canal network as a passage through which to focus. I’m interested in working along the canals as a sidestep from my project in Nottinghamshire looking at former colliery sites and ex mining communities. As once great industrial arteries sprawling Britain, the canals offer a unique perspective on town and countryside, a slippage of time occurs along the towpath, a unique experience shaped by the cultural and social importance of the landscape, the poeticism of man scoring the ground for a new way across it. These images were shot along a small stretch of the Coventry Canal at Atherstone, Warwickshire. The Canal & River Trust were undertaking work to replace a lock gate and I was allowed access to the lock chamber with my camera to make these portraits. I was fascinated to see the centuries old grime covered brickwork and the rare angle of view from the bottom of a lock out into the open course of the waterway. More to follow!