Gas Holder No.3, Granton Gas Works, Edinburgh {2001}

In memory of Tom Ward, Manager of Granton Gas Works, who oversaw its shut down and eventual demolition. An incredibly kind man and as luck would have it, an enthusiastic photographer. Tom went out of his way to support my projection project back then. He introduced me to some incredible archives that he discovered on site…. and for someone so busy, he seemed happy to allow me to indulge in my uninhibited photo explorations at the Works. Never forgotten Tom.

 

 

 

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“What Hercules Might See”…… continues

The iconic former Hiram Walker / Ballantine’s Distillery Mill Still building may, sadly, now be gone, but my project work must go on…. and I’m excited to be committing more time over the coming months to shooting more parts for the project.

“What Hercules Might See” is a part fictional/part documentary spiritual journey, that considers the metamorphosis of an area of land and the shift in human occupation as a result of industrial evaporation and post-industrial opportunism.

More to follow in the weeks/months ahead…….

Alex Burston, Professional Roller Blader, Unit 23/Disused Gasometer, Dumbarton [15.03.17]

 

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PIC’s Friday Picks (I): Dana Lixenberg – Imperial Courts 1993-2015

Dana Lixenberg’s ‘Imperial Courts 1993-2015’ has been my companion this week. An inspiringly, ambitious and fully committed body of work that formed in the aftermath of the L.A. riots in ‘92. The collaborative, evolving, portraits of the residents of this housing project in Watts are captured on (5”x4”) with great sensitivity. There’s more than a passing interest here – there’s real connection and understanding.

I love the understated cover. You’re not entirely certain what’s contained within, but the spirit of the work is captured so effectively in the structure of the design. For me, the book really showcases aspects of photography working at their very best – an ongoing narrative, captured over time, but with lots of manoeuvrability allowing you to imagine and conjure the events in between. The index in the 2nd half of the book is just brilliant.

One of my favourite photobooks from last year.

I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing some of the work from the project as part of the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize showing at The Photographers’ Gallery in London-town (big smoke) until June 11th.

All photobook images © Dana Lixenberg / Published by Roma Publications

 

 

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A Sea Creature Crawls

Before it was towed out to the North Sea this week, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to go back onboard a Drilling Rig, which I worked on in January/February, to take photographs of some of the deck, drilling and service crew. [ Quayside, Cromarty Firth, Scotland, February 2017]

 

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