Lost places and empty spaces
A photography project in Bentley. I felt it was important to see how Bentley has fundamentally changed over the years and that there isn’t much left in terms of community.
I’d probably describe it more like shrinking of spaces and empty spaces.
The way we were
A project about going back to the beginning, when Bentley consisted of mining and farm land. The book focuses on movement in communities in Darlaston- Bentley.
The Darlaston factories created jobs . There was a huge population in demand for work. The Bentley estate was built for the factory workers and in turn the factories helped create a community. My project helps reflect on the lost social bonds and belonging to a place.. and how closure of the factories ultimately destroyed the communities that had been built.
38 years have gone by and the impact of the factories closing can still be clearly seen especially with the empty shells of the former factories still being present along some of the main roads. Sometimes it’s not the building that is missed but the camaraderie, and the sense of belonging that the people who worked there felt, it is the loss that is misses.
I know where you played
Is a photographic project with a narrative which uses short extracts of stories from people in the community of Bentley reminiscing back to their childhoods, some of these places no longer exist and other places have been entirely forgotten altogether, like a discarded memory.
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