Victoria Roberts shares the creative process behind her black and white photographs, Industrial Quarry.
For a module within my second year at University of Lincoln, I created work that had the brief of Frequency Festivals theme ‘Disruption = Cultural Reinvention’. Here I produced 3 black and white images of a quarry. Before I had decided what type of images I would be taking, I got put into a group sphere of environmental. Meaning that the images I created would be around how the theme effects the environment. With this in mind I struggled with creating ideas, as I wanted to steer away from the obvious images that could have been taken.
What I noticed on frequent train journeys from Lincoln to the east coast, was that the train travelled directly besides a quarry, that we overlook and are unbothered by how these companies are extracting materials. The quarry seemed to stand out from all the fields surrounding, and it made me realise that these industries are disrupting our landscapes. I decided to investigate Singleton Birch to see if they were giving back to the environment and see if they are doing anything to change the old into something new. Unknown to the general public, Singleton Birch is one of many quarries that are giving back to the environment and local area due to their redevelopment of using old quarry sites to produce crops, sheep grazing until the site is needed for agriculture.