Middlesbrough: A Small Town in Sheffield

The starting point for anything I have to say about these photos is at the same time both geographical and personal. I cannot think of myself without relation to home – without an inbuilt compass that points due north. The focus of the photos is to portray this environment, and this fundamentally involves the industrial landscape. Factories and plants that have been hollowed out inescapably fill the skyline. The point of me saying this isn’t to fuel some ‘it’s grim up north’ narrative, but to give an account of what a northern aesthetic actually looks like. As well as this, the purpose is to tell a story about what grows in the cracks left by deindustrialisation, about a generation that has grown up knowing only decline and stagnation.

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Words and Images by Sam Elliott

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