Somerdale Project: Update & Exhibitions
03rd January 2011
It’s been a fascinating, fulfilling and at times poignant experience, but my project to externally photograph the Somerdale factory is now drawing to a close. I now have a substantial amount of material amassed from a series of shoots from October to December. However, there may still be the occasional shoot to come where favourable lighting or weather conditions present themselves, but in the main, the photography of the site is now complete.
I’ve been extremely lucky with the weather conditions over these past months, particularly more recently with the snowfall providing a backdrop to a number of images. Atmospheric autumnal mists and golden sunrises have also featured.
Along the way, there have been a number of memorable moments; waiting around in freezing cold misty fields in anticipation of the ‘perfect’ lighting; teetering precariously at the top of a pile of wood chippings at a garden centre to get a high enough vantage point for one shot; slipping about on the icy factory roofs. Not forgetting one occasion when I ended up finding myself locked inside a church following one of the tower shoots!
With the project now more-or-less wrapped up, it’s now time to concentrate on the output of the material and I’ll be endeavouring to put these images to the best possible use.
Two exhibitions are now lined up for 2011:
The first of these is a display at the Fry Club at Somerdale, Keynsham and will take place at the end of January. My images will form part of an exhibition commemorating the end of chocolate manufacture at the site. This runs from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th January 2011.
Secondly, I’m pleased to confirm that I will be exhibiting work from this project for a month at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster, Bristol from 3rd June to 3rd July.
Work has just started on a book which will feature a broad selection of the images from the project. With the working title ‘Sunset on Somerdale’, I intend to publish this online initially on a print-on-demand basis with a view to getting it properly published in the not too distant future if possible.
A dedicated gallery on this website will soon be set up containing photographs from the Somerdale Project.
For an introduction to the project, see also:
Somerdale Project: Introduction