The continuing saga of my still life… an object or group of objects representing the last seven days.
My Streets Project has taken me to Coronation Street. No, this is not about the most famous of British soaps, but Coronation Street in Tunstall. However, both share some similarities, the fictional TV street represents a backwater in Salford, one side is a terrace of houses where all of life happens with disarming regularity (there is even a stone clad house in both streets), the other side of the street was originally a factory, now new built houses, but somehow a knicker factory is there as well. Coronation Street in Tunstall has a terrace of houses built in the 1870’s, the other side includes some houses and some small industrial buildings. Behind those used to run the Loop Line of the Knotty (The North Staffs Railway), now a walkway. At one end it opens out now to a footpath leading to new houses built about 10 years ago, this was once the site of a large pottery factory. The main difference is that the TV street has a shop and pub at either end, this has no such glamour! I would think that 99.9% of people in Stoke-on-Trent have no idea of Coronation Street’s existence as I had little idea of it until this project even though for around 20 years I lived only yards away from it on the ‘other side of the tracks’.
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It’s a beautiful spring like day in Tunstall. On my way for yet another blood test I stopped off to take some photographs towards my Streets Project and as an aside found a whole new world of gates to add to the ever growing collection of Tunstall Gates. they are quite secretive as they are in the ‘backs’ so only you can see them. There are more to come…
These are photographs from my Streets Project. This is Adams Avenue in Tunstall. These types of housing and streets cover vast acres around many British towns and cities, private housing built in the 1930’s as a part of ‘ribbon’ development and an increasing ‘wealth’. Within the half mile around my flat this is quite unusual. Adams Avenue is no more than 100yds long, it then changes to one of the old lanes which has been cut off and used as a footpath. It is off the A50/High Street and at the far end there is a house and yard of a travelling funfair owner and a privately run travellers’ park.
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More photographs from my Flat Life series. It’s about the ticking of the clock; the moving of light; the gaps between; the odd noise breaking the silence; the hum of the fridge. For previous images use the links on this blog. A couple of weeks ago I met a friend who passed this site on to me, I think their aims are a bit different, more spiritual, but I like the images – Miksang.