I’ve had a little browse through my blog to see where I left off with this project and it really has been some time! Since before Christmas I believe, and there have been too many changes to count regarding the project, in fact it is barely recognisable.
I found that Immingham, for a small town, had far too many industries and stories to tell and I struggled to make my concept concise enough to be coherent. It took me a long time, probably too long, to decide to instead move to the neighbouring town of Grimsby whose name is famous for one thing only - fish.
The home of Youngs and the source of most of Britains fish products, Grimsby has a lot of history, culture and identity. The fishing industry fuels the town - from it’s people to its business - and has faced plenty trials and tribulations and won many feats bestowed upon the fishing industry and remains today as important as ever to the community.
My project investigates just how important the fishing industry still is to Grimsby and how the traditional culture has fared in faltered in a constantly changing climate. I will visit traditional smokehouses, modern factories, fish markets and local Fish and Chip shops - exploring all avenues and participants in the fishing business.
I am not looking for any particular answer - is the traditional industry struggling under capitalism or has it adapted and reformed to suit modern environments? I don’t know and nor do wish to persume - this is an unbiased, open-minded adventure and I do not know what I will find but either or, Grimsby is still an icon for the fishing industry and should not go by unrecognised.
Wow, so it has really been some time since I’ve posted, right?
I am truly sorry, my workload has been intolerable recently… well this year in general. As you probably know, this year is the last that I’ll be studying Photography & Video at De Montfort University - in July I will have my BA (Hons) in Photography & Video and I’ll be expected to finally join the big wide world as a fully functioning, well educated adult. It is scary but what scares me more is the amount of work I have to do in such little time if I am to make this three-year journey worthwhile.
If you are a regular reader you’ll be familiar with my projects however it is possible that since I last updated my blog they have changed beyond recognition. All will be explained in due course and other posts however firstly I just wanted to apologise for my lack of commitment. I don’t have many followers, yet, but even whilst I’ve been absent you seem to have grown in numbers and for that I am very grateful.
For new followers and old, you’ll be pleased (or not) to know that I’m back online and will subsequently be updating you with my work process on a more consistent and informative level. Now other than the lack of time, another reason why I have been reluctant to post is simply because of the style of work I’m currently producing. Recently I have been bombarded with photographic permits and release forms, health and safety regulation and terms and conditions of visits to all of the places my projects have taken me. This intense level of paperwork is new to me and I’m unfamiliar with the whole process of legality within the realms of documentary photography.
As it stands there is a lot of work I’m not ready to publish online simply because of the agreements I have with some of the subjects and clients who may wish to see them first, hence a further lack of posting.
I know there usually isn’t much to worry about, after all, who reads my blog anyway? Well, not a lot but as it turns out quite a few do and being from the miniscule town that I am having local people read my blog can be both a blessing and a curse. You have great local publicity which comes at the cost of little personal privacy and whilst my work is still in-progress I’d prefer for the people I’ve photographed and worked with not to see it. This is for no reason other than that I tend to be a private person and like to keep my inner-workings and experiments to myself.
However, without going on even more (believe me, I could type all day) I just wanted to explain my absence and let you all know that if you are interested in seeing my recent work to keep checking my blog! I’m going to be posting quite a bit in the coming month as my projects and course finally wind down to a finishing point.
Thanks for sticking by me and I hope you like my new photographs!