This project explores the environmental and social impacts of the decision to build more than 4000 homes on greenbelt areas in Gloucestershire.
There are two main planned sites in Gloucestershire, one on the way out of Cheltenham towards Tewkesbury and one in Brockworth, a small village just outside Gloucester. The population of the village of Brockworth will more than double when these homes are built causing a need for more schools, shops, doctor’s surgeries and other vital infrastructure. This has caused ‘outrage’ and ‘devastation’ amongst local residents and protests and plans to stop the development have failed. I have spent some time talking to local residents and the town council and seeing how this has impacted the local community. I decided to use medium format film with a Hasselblad camera to shoot this project as I liked the unconventional use of the square format for landscape photography. I felt it worked well for the subject matter. All the square images were taken with a Hasselblad 500cm camera and Kodak portra colour film. The rest were shot using my Nikon D610 and 35mm lens.
These are photographs from my life. They feature my friends, family and important places in my life. There is no theme or plan to this work and all these images are spontaneous and unplanned.