Waterways

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53° 29’ 52.8108’’ N / 2° 2’ 15.8964’’ W

‘Waterways’ began in 2007 as a self-funded photography project that involves navigating and photographing inland waterways of the north west of England. Beginning with the South Pennine Ring, which dissects the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, the project involves a series of walks that navigate canal towpaths. These regions are of interest to me for contradictory reasons – they have either been disregarded or are undergoing some form of regeneration. From a documentary perspective this indicates economic diversity throughout the region.

As with much of my work this project explore tensions between synthetic and natural forms that constitute our environment. These transitory canal side environments consist of residential and commercial buildings, natural and vacant spaces. The proximity of one architectural site to another provide clues about the regions industrial past. The canal acts as an artery that runs through cities and towns providing narrative, juxtaposing pastoral beauty with industrial decline, regeneration, and economic aspiration. These concepts are manifested in the landscape and revealed through walking.

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53° 42’ 1.2636’’ N / 1° 52’ 22.7028’’ W

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Map of terrain covered – up to spring 2014

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Rochdale Canal (heading north east)

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53° 33′ 7.3116” N / 2° 10′ 3.0144” W

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53° 36′ 37.5588” N / 2° 7′ 56.9064” W

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53° 36′ 38.5884” N / 2° 7′ 55.6716” W

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53° 36′ 41.6844” N / 2° 7′ 51.3084” W

Rochdale Canal

53° 39′ 46.9440” N / 2° 4′ 47.5716” W

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53° 39′ 46.9440” N / 2° 4′ 47.5716” W

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53° 42’ 13.0896’’ N / 2° 6’ 30.8916’’ W

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53° 43′ 4.0440” N 2° 4′ 2.3268” W

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53° 43′ 46.8264” N / 1° 58′ 24.4632” W

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53° 44′ 6.5652” N / 1° 59′ 52.0800” W

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Ashton Canal (heading east)

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53° 28′ 47.2″ N / 2°13’21.7″ W

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53° 28’ 49.4364’’ N / 2° 13’ 16.8672’’ W

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53° 29’ 10.4604’’ N / 2° 12’ 37.0440’’ W

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53° 29’ 08.8 ” N / 2°11’59.5” W

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53° 28′ 33.5712” N / 2° 9′ 34.3368” W

2 comments

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