‘Disintegrating Histories’ is essentially a photographic survey of the changing post-industrial landscape in which I grew up (NW Leicestershire). The subject of each of these photographs was once a vital part of the areas coal mining industry, until its demise in the 1980’s.

The first tiny whips of the National Forest were planted on December 5 1990, four days before I was born, and just a short walk from my childhood home. These photographs record the progress of a huge post-industrial regeneration which has coincidentally aligned with my own lifetime.

Christopher Mear, 2012

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