60 Miles by Road or Rail is an intergenerational arts project exploring and celebrating Northampton New Town heritage. It is supported by the Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This socially engaged project aimed to document Northampton new town stories after 50 years of its creation. The photography is part of a much wider project and collaboration between me as a photographer, a videographer and includes oral history and theatre.
Over the course of a few months, I have developed a photographic project which ended up featuring more than 200 portraits and captured 190 residents with their own voices and stories.
The portraits were all taken in the Eastern part of Northampton, often referred to as the ‘Eastern District’, which was the first part of the extension and creation of a New Town. The Eastern District often has a bad reputation but for many it’s simply Home.
The project has been showed at the Northampton Museum in December 2021 with a solo photographic exhibition. For more info:
“The exhibition features a fantastic series of unrehearsed portrait images of residents outside their homes, shops and community centres, accompanied by stories from the subjects reflecting on the place they call home.
Presented in a state-of-the-art digital format at Northampton Museum, audiences are invited to take a contemporary look at the town’s New Town legacy and what it means for residents today.”