Work is well underway to demolish the crumbling 1960’s estate of flats and maisonettes at Primrose Bank, Oldham. Mike and I were asked by the Gateways to Oldham project team, to get involved with the photography recording the re-generation of the area with their official photographer Peter W. What a way to spend Bank Holiday Monday! Peter, Mike and I spent Monday afternoon in and around the area, photographing the demolition works and local people. Peter has been photographing this project for some time now and already has over 17,000 images of the area. My 100 or so looks a bit puny in comparison. But here are a few of my images from the shoot. In processing them, I decided to concentrate on bringing out just one colour, usually brown or orange to make a cohesive set of images and give a warm feel to the area…I was very much out of my comfort zone but really enjoyed the experience and hope to do some more before the project is over.
When re-gerneration is complete, the Gateway to Oldham project will deliver 200 new homes for rent or purchase.