My last posting from my Streets Project was of Clanway Lane, I took photographs of Clanway Street last March and they show a very different street. This began as a short street of terraced houses in the 1880’s off Furlong Road and was added to in the 1930’s onwards until it reached Clanway Lane. The newer housing is a mix of bungalows, semi’s and council houses. There are a couple of corner shops at the bottom of the street. Behind the street at one time ran a railway line which is now open space called Tunstall Greenway, where with a few breaks you can walk all the way into the city centre.
My Streets Project takes in Clanway Lane. It is an old road leading north out of Tunstall following the contours of the Scotia valley. At the Tunstall end it begins at the end of Adams Avenue (see the Streets link on this page) as a private road leading past a traveller site and high back fences to three old cottages, over the remains of a railway bridge. One of the cottages is called Machine Cottage and this was an early industrial site. The lane is blocked by a gate; and for the rest of its route it has been left for nature to take over and now just a footpath through nature and back fences of an estate. It ends rather abruptly at Tunstall’s newest road, James Brindley Way with steep steps leading to a pedestrian crossing and disappears beneath a newly built estate, which is outside the half-mile limit I set for this Project. I have photographed this lane many times over the past few years through all the seasons, this was shot a few days ago in high summer when the undergrowth and wild flowers are at their fullest.
My Flat Life project adds night time and the strange orange light coming from outside. My flat has 4 street lights surrounding it, I had wondered about converting the shots to black and white, but that would go against the idea of this series and as I sat and worked on those was intrigued by the unnaturalness of the source of light and what it created inside.