Until the age of 8 years, I was brought up on council estates on the outskirts of Scarborough, a seaside town in North Yorkshire. On 19th March 1963 we moved into the town itself, which opened up a whole new range of possibilities for escape and adventure. I explored the town and particular places as if I owned them. This was a fantastic time for me: an intrepid explorer in my own town, hidden amongst the holiday-makers and day-trippers.
I have decided to embark on a long-term project looking at those special places of my boyhood wanderings, and these images are where I have got to so far. They are not intended to be a record of what was and I have tried to avoid the merely nostalgic. Rather they are images made of what I see there today and what captures my eye now, through the filter of decades.
Yellow Netting, Footprint and Bottle Top, South Bay
Alpamare, Yellow Wall and Dark Blue Door, North Bay,
Crack in Wall, West Pier, South Bay
Blue, Green Net , Yellow Cord and Worm Casts, West Pier, South
Many Footprints in Sand, South Bay
Wall, Futurist Site, South Bay
Red Plastic and Sea, West Pier, South Bay
Reflections, Jimmy Corrigan's, Foreshore, South Bay
Builders' Hoarding, North Bay Pool
North Bay Pool
Boating Lake and Floating Plant, Northstead Manor Gardens, North Bay
Leaves and Water Plants, Boating Lake, Northstead Manor Gardens
Red Post, White Pole and Blue Whale, Crazy Golf, North Bay
Discarded Board and Structure, Near Scalby Mills, North Bay
Metal Doors, Near Beach Huts, North Bay
Shower, Near Beach Huts, North Bay
Yellow Telescope, Scalby Mills, North Bay
Seawall, Sea and Duck, Scalby Mills, North Bay
Around the Red Cliff / Between Two Ferries
The River Trent flows past Radcliffe on Trent less than a mile as the crow flies from our house. The village’s name derives from the red cliff that the river flows alongside. These images were made as I explored the area on either side of the river between the sites of two long gone ferries at Stoke Ferry and at Radcliffe itself.
This project includes photographs of the river and the cliff top walk, the wharf at the mobile home site at Radcliffe and around the Ousedyke at Netherfield and Netherfield Lagoons (sometimes described as the old pit ponds).
Barbed Wire, Stoke Ferry
Car Wheel and Concrete Triangle in River Trent near Stoke Ferry
River Trent near Ferryboat Inn
River Trent, Radcliffe on Trent
River Trent, Radcliffe on Trent
Branch and Tracks, Cliff Top Path, Radcliffe on Trent
Ponds and River Trent with Red Shapes No 1
Memorial Bench with Flowers, Cliff Top Path
Pond through trees with Red Dot
Pond, River Trent and Red Dots
Pond with Red Shape
Entangled Hedge near Ousedyke
Yellow Ball and Yellow Flowers, Ousedyke
Playground with Climbing Wall and Ponies, Wharfe Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Playground, Wharfe Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Our shed is situated towards the end of our garden. It is a small summer house which has become a place of refuge and contemplation. A few years ago we considered replacing it as it had become rotten in parts and needed attention. However our affection for it meant that we spent a weekend lovingly patching it up instead of taking it down.
I had been making images in the garden for a number of years so the idea to focus on the shed was not a huge leap. The shed cannot be seen easily from the house or garden and the exterior images reflect that fact. The interior images reflect the time and thought that has gone into making it and the hours whiled away in it.