HS2 - Before Life After
This project will follow the proposed route designed for the new High Speed Railway from London to Birmingham, and will document and investigate the people and places that will be directly affected by the multi billion pound project. Through the use of photography I will capture the landscape and understand what it will mean to the people and their surrounding areas if they are altered forever. I will start in London and make my way along the route to Birmingham visiting as many destinations as possible to gain a greater understanding.
The reason for this project is not only to document my exploration of the proposed route, but also to expand peoples knowledge with regards to the impact photography can have in times of social discontent, opposition and discussion. My aim is to complete part of this project by the time of my graduation show on the 13th of June (2014) at Plymouth University; with a book detailing the areas I have visited and large-scale prints displayed. I also want to be able to raise enough interest to participate in a second show and to make an extended book.
This will be available to the public and distributed to the people that have provided invaluable assistance in the process. Increased understanding and discussion is something that is imperative, as the lack of clarity and awareness is surprising, not only amongst people directly effected by the route but also in the rest of the UK.
I have spent around £400 pounds of my own money so far on travel to and from Plymouth, and then getting around the effected areas. This money has also been used for contact printing and test printing when I return from every shoot. I will continue to fund my own travel expenses and test printing, including experimentation with dummy book layouts and work on presentation and publicity using money I have saved up. But I need your help to do the project justice!
How The Crowd Funding Money Will Be Spent:
£600 pounds for the production of 100 books of 40 pages with images and text. Based on estimates from Monster Media Management, Bretonside Printing and Ex Why Zed Printing.The book will be landscape format at 220mm x 270mm with a medium/hard cover and printed on silk 170gsm paper . To view some of Ex Why Zeds previous work visit their website at http://www.exwhyzed.co.uk/selfpublishedbooks.html . The book is a non - profit exercise and will be handed out for free to people that have helped and funded the project and available to buy through a website.
£150 pounds for prints and framing for my graduation show at Plymouth University on the 13/6/2014. Based on the price of previous printing using Plymouth University Facilities. These prints will then be used in future exhibitions, hopefully in the areas effected by the train line so people closest to the line will be able to view the work!
£50 pounds for distribution of books and prints to people that have helped in the project!
To view the work in progress please visit my website be clicking the link below