Friday, December 02, 2011
Photographer: Katrina Howes
Posted by Maxine Harris
Despite being captured in modern day 2011, these photographs look like they could have been taken at the beginning of the industrial revolution; and not just because they’re black and white. Katrina’s photography is set in Teesside, taking an intimate and exposing look at the Northern County’s steel-making heritage.
Once vibrant and busy places of work, these buildings now stand abandoned, desolate and imposing on the countryside surrounding them. They are structures in total juxtaposition to today’s minimalism and nature’s softness. Katrina’s black and white gradient further emphasises the contrast between past and present – every line and shadow is enhanced and appears as a painting rather than a photograph.
Sadness and nostalgia are moods created by these pieces. As we remember the loss of jobs and industry at the turn of the 1980s, we are reminded that perhaps the past isn’t so far away from the present, as we find ourselves in much the same predicament as thirty years prior.