Senior citizens bring a whole different perspective to photography. All too often they seem to be ignored yet they are the ones with the stories to tell. Through this project I met people who have lived through great moments in history, faced great changes and challenges.
This book produced at the end of 2014 tells the stories of nine older people together with a possession that held importance to them alone.
This book was produced in 2014 as the result of an investigation into the Canterbury charity Catching Lives and the activities which take place within their Open Day Centre. The charity tackles the problems of homelessness within the Canterbury area and they are helping people who are living on the streets or in insecure accommodation together with the problems which this brings.
The book resulted from three 'photo Days' which I held there and contains portraits of some of the clients, images of possessions and pieces of writing which they undertook.
In 2012 I was able to gain permission on to the site of the former colliery which ceased coal production in 1986. Although the buildings still stand and there are plans for the regeneration of the site, nature is slowly taking possession of the buildings which are in an ever increasing state of disrepair. The book looks at both the history and how the buildings and artefacts left behinds exist at this moment in time.
This being my first book was produced in conjunction with a university project, but also served to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first production of coal in East Kent on 14 November 1912.