Sheffield riverscape (1)

I walked with Daisy along the River Don from the Wardsend cemetery to Neepsend. At Wardsend, we started off a little way down the railway lines that run stark and clean through the undulating and overgrown cemetery, then veered off to follow the river itself, along the newly surfaced track that cuts through the vast mounds of debris – spolia from demolished works? – that loom either side. The electricity pylons hummed and crackled overhead and the thunderous engines of quad bikes rumbled and reverberated in an undefinable distance.

Everywhere we walk, waste. And amidst the waste, lilac and jack-in-the-hedge. The river bank is strewn with tyres and bottles and fast food wrappers, mattresses and plastic chairs, podgy black bin bags. A sign screwed to one of the metal kissing gates put there to stop the quad bikes : fly tippers – we are watching you.

At Wardsend, on the hill amidst the silver birch, there has been a fire. Graves squat in scorched earth, black tipped tendrils clasping shards of stone, displacing fragments of Victorian ironwork.

The Hillsborough playing fields are to our right. A man in a vermilion jersey sparks across the pitch. A sheep’s skull – or perhaps it is just a carrier bag – is revealed, briefly, as the river washes across it. Bottle-green, muddy mallards drift.

Neepsend. Eviscerated drag cars and deserted roads, leading to an empty, elevated horizon.

project reflections #13

Before the eating and drinking began on Christmas day, I decided to take advantage of Upperthorpe and the surrounding areas being all but empty of humans and had a little wander about with my camera. This is what resulted.

Joshua Holt, 2011.

Project reflections #2

Of late I have been busying myself with the beginnings of a photo essay that I am to create as part of an interdisciplinary project on an area of Sheffield called Upperthorpe. The project is being run by a group called occursus and as I am from the area, I’m terribly excited to be involved and to apply what I have learned since I lived there to it. It is my hope that I can create my most comprehensive and effective essay thus far.

Joshua Holt

Joshua’s webpage can be found here.

Ph. Joshua Holt, 2011
Ph. Joshua Holt, 2011