Leeds and Liverpool is a poignant short film by Andrew Fitzgibbon featuring photographs made over two years, while walking the 127 mile Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The film’s story reflects upon the canal as a marginal but enthralling space trampled with the burden of deindustrialisation and reinvented as a site of leisure.
Absent of people, the film shows the marks of humanity left by those who have claimed the water as their own. The narration is voiced by Yorkshire born actor Paul Butterworth (The Full Monty). An immersive soundtrack features layers of ambient sounds recorded from the canal, and samples of sound effects from historic archives, as well as oral histories from those who once worked the canal.
Although the canal is promoted as a place of leisure, it holds deeper interest as a complex space of many different interests: from ruins and heritage, to edgelands and urban gentrification. There are fascinating incongruities, with human culture working at the landscape and marking possession, use and abuse. Andrew sees this as the meeting of worlds within a world; the fluid world of the canal and its banks.
Music is an important part of my life, whether through my own enjoyment as a mediocre guitarist or listening to those far more accomplished. This series of images shows music as an unseen force through composites and the intimate relationships between musicians and their instruments through portraits.
Foodbank is a series of photographs representing the reality of the UK's increasingly divided society. They reflect a wish to make images that act as metaphors for a damaged society. Skipton Foodbank is operated by Skipton Methodists.
Stories from the woods examines human relationships to an ancient woodland. How nature is loved in a strained relationship, in which woodlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. Strangers were photographed using a portable strobe to emphasise the distance between humankind and nature. Personal stories of connections were collected and the work made into a short photo book.
This project presented an alternative perspective to the idealised places represented in postcards. Using the format of a postcard, works were printed on A3 cards and posted to a number of people, using the Post Office counter service.