Limbo

Limbo focuses on Blaydon Burn, a former industrial site in Blaydon on Tyne in North East England.

Brickworks, most notably the Cowen and Lily sites, and other industries including steel works, iron foundries and the world's first manufacturer of Benzol, made Blaydon Burn a vital part of the industrial revolution. Since the 1950s, however, technological developments, a decline in raw materials and competition from overseas led to the closure of many of its factories.


Some attempts were made to make safe the dilapidated parts of the area over the next two decades, but then it was left to return to nature.

There are two elements to Limbo.

Firstly, having been left to return to nature, visitors get a sense that it is neither one thing nor the other. Signs of a former industry exist alongside the bypass built in 1981, discarded the fast food containers and beer cans, and the graffiti which covers a number of historical artefacts.


It is also, in part, a personal project. I was in full time education without a break from the age of four until the age of twenty two. This project was completed at a time in my life where nothing was certain and, as a result, I felt like I was in a state of Limbo.

Limbo was exhibitied as part of the 2013 UCLan MA Photography show Reflections at CUBE Gallery, Manchester. More details about this project can be read here.





Limbo, part of Reflections, UCLan MA Show, September 2013,
The Cube, Manchester.

Limbo, part of Reflections, UCLan MA Show, September 2013,
The Cube, Manchester.

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