The canals of middle England are relics of an industrial age that once brought riches. This project explores a stretch of canal through Walsall, a once-wealthy English town that was the world leader in the leather trade back in the nineteenth century. Post-modernity has not been good to places like this.
The photographs consider the lifestyles and identities of the different classes of people who live along the canal through their outdoors possessions. All taken as reflections in the water, the reference to the unsettled reality of the world can be seen in the ripples. Are the sandbags for the water alone? Are the fences for decoration or are they metaphorical barricades against the precariousness of the outside world? There is a suggestion of the paranoia of modern life: one must not slip behind, one must aspire to the suburbs and when there, stay there at all costs.