This October has been the first time in a while I’ve really gotten back into dark photography; so as photographers and as friends, the three of us teamed up to create a story each that involved the other two people. This is a great exercise to do with friends because it really gets your creativity flowing again, you get to encourage each other and feed of each other’s ideas. It’s really brought back my love of creating macabre shoots again and if you’re ever feeling creatively blocked, ask or rope your friends into doing an exercise like this and you’ll be back to your artistic self in no time. I’ve just got to keep that feeling going now it’s back, so here at SE Photos, we invite you all to come with us on this journey into the darker side of art. We’re open to collaboration or commissions as well as prints for sale and we hope you enjoy this journey with us we progress further.
I wish you all wonderful creativity and a happy All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain and stay safe
In Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent, there is a derelict site called the East-West Precinct that was once a bright, thriving and colourful shopping centre and bus station that had cafes, music shops, restaurants and so on. Unfortunately over the decades, this once grand centre has become nothing but reminders of a bright part smothered in rot and decay. It was officially abandoned around 2013 (this was when the new Hanley bus station officially opened) and has remained standing as a local eye sore. Fortunately for local residents, it is being demolished this year and myself and another photographer (and friend) have been granted permission to document the deconstruction of this grand dismal site. We hope to create something interesting from it, so that the local community can access the images that we produce and will be able to see progress from how it use to look to being an empty piece of land in one place.
Below are a few images of what the old shopping centre currently looks like before demolition