Monday, 20 January 2014

York Squared - a new collaborative photobook

York Squared, by the Incident Light photography collective

I have just finished a book project with a York-based group of photographers, dividing the city up into (roughly equal) squares, with each of us taking photos within our squares. 
The project intended not just to reach the parts of this much-photographed city that most other photographic ventures do not, but to do this in a way that utilised the different approach of each photographer to create a truly unique showcase of both city and photographer.

You can preview and order the book in the Blurb bookstore: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4876238-york-squared


My chapter in the book (Square 9) covers the Hungate area immediately to the east of the city centre. The area has long been in the shadows of its more attractive and celebrated neighbours. Swathes of terraces from the 1800s declined into slums and were demolished. The replacement Stonebow development, post-war and concrete heavy, is loved by few and hated by many. On top of this, a large waste incinerator plant occupied much of the area throughout the twentieth century.



Today, the area is in its latest phase of regeneration. York’s largest ever archaeological exploration prepared the ground for a large development of modern flats, with more on the way. Typically for Hungate, progress has not been smooth, the global recession halted progress and threatened to stop it all together. And while the future is by no means assured, building has re-started and there is a clearer timeline for completion




I have put together an extended 'Director's cut' version of my chapter as a pdf ebook, which you can buy here: https://gumroad.com/l/Square9, just pay whatever you like.

Monday, 20 January 2014

York Squared - a new collaborative photobook

York Squared, by the Incident Light photography collective

I have just finished a book project with a York-based group of photographers, dividing the city up into (roughly equal) squares, with each of us taking photos within our squares. 
The project intended not just to reach the parts of this much-photographed city that most other photographic ventures do not, but to do this in a way that utilised the different approach of each photographer to create a truly unique showcase of both city and photographer.

You can preview and order the book in the Blurb bookstore: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4876238-york-squared


My chapter in the book (Square 9) covers the Hungate area immediately to the east of the city centre. The area has long been in the shadows of its more attractive and celebrated neighbours. Swathes of terraces from the 1800s declined into slums and were demolished. The replacement Stonebow development, post-war and concrete heavy, is loved by few and hated by many. On top of this, a large waste incinerator plant occupied much of the area throughout the twentieth century.



Today, the area is in its latest phase of regeneration. York’s largest ever archaeological exploration prepared the ground for a large development of modern flats, with more on the way. Typically for Hungate, progress has not been smooth, the global recession halted progress and threatened to stop it all together. And while the future is by no means assured, building has re-started and there is a clearer timeline for completion




I have put together an extended 'Director's cut' version of my chapter as a pdf ebook, which you can buy here: https://gumroad.com/l/Square9, just pay whatever you like.