This project aims to highlight the rapid increase in urban development and infrastructural improvements within Cambridgeshire in recent years. I set out to create compositions that depict the transition of the landscape, displaying the evolution of the county as its settlements continue to expand over time. A high demand for housing in the East of England has resulted in the development of new towns in the region. New towns including Northstowe are documented within this series, in addition to the major A14 road improvement project. Each composition emphasises the scale of these developments which are made up of multiple photographs. They are created by compositing layers of various elements of sites across the county. In terms of the future, this continues to raise the question of how sustainable these developments on the landscape will be. Despite often bringing economic wealth to the area, how will these developments affect the stakeholders involved, for example the lives of local residents, communities, wildlife and the environment?
I would like to thank all of the people that have supported me during the development of my project. Some of these people include the staff at Highways England and Urban & Civic who have allowed me to access the construction sites of the county’s major developments. In addition, I would like to thank both Oliver Jenkins and Theo Southee who I have collaborated with to produce drone images.
A selection of these photographs have featured at exhibitions including the Shutter Hub 'OPEN' 2018 exhibition in both London and Amsterdam, 'MIX it UP' - Prague 2018, the Sustainability Art Prize 2019 (Runner Up), the 'UNFOLD' - Cambridge School of Art Degree Show 2019 and Free Range 2019 - The Truman Brewery, London.