2011 - 2012
‘Disintegrating Histories’ is essentially a photographic survey of the changing post-industrial landscape in which I grew up. 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 long walk from my childhood home. These photographs record the progress of a post-industrial regeneration which has coincidentally aligned with my own lifetime.
- Christopher Mear, 2012