Throughout 2014 I travelled from my hometown in Northern England, Goole to it’s twinned counterpoint in Zlowtow, Poland. I looked for cohesion, for purpose. The more I moved the less things made sense. I spent a year documenting the lands and moved from documenting the places, to documenting an emotion of home and a journey for answers.
I found some peace and connection when I stopped to look, to take a photograph.
Regardless of country the landscapes each had universal truths,the remnants of Industry, ghosts of a more stable economic era. I recognised my loneliness in Poland in the solitary landscapes I captured and the weight of the heavy politics of a project that naturally was associated to immigration debates.
The geometrical shapes of industry gave me peace, order in my confusion, in Poland the structures reminded me of my home. This project straddles both towns, to create a space in which my thoughts could breathe. I had moments of stillness in which I wasn't sure if I was trying to find a way back to our shared collective past, to recreate that place and time of more certainty, of less noise. I connected to land,fields,houses, religion. The uncertainty of our economic times reflected equally in both towns, my minds eye guided by the cultural and sociological similarities of both towns, it no longer seemed relevant to define which was East or Western Europe.
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