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Abandon

Abandon
Photography Exhibition, 2019

Photos Naomi Wood
Music James Mitchell

Marking the release of Elbow Grease Magazine with a night of field music and photographs documenting abandoned buildings in the UK, held at Rough Trade Bristol for one night only.

This project started with a photo essay originally commissioned for Elbow Grease Vol. 2. Naomi wood documented the now abandoned Chance Bothers Glassworks in Birmingham to be presented in the magazine along with a poem by Paul Redmond.

We later decided to show the essay in full at Rough Trade Bristol to launch the magazine.

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When Tom came to me with the idea to document abandoned workplaces I thought first of Smethwick. Only a generation ago this slice of the West Midlands was heaving with industry, now most of these buildings have been demolished and those that are left behind are totally empty.
— Naomi Wood, Photographer
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The broken window Theory is the idea that visible signs of crime create an urban environment that encourages further crime. Not only are empty spaces a poor use of resources, just the sight of them can damage the community.

Printed at 16 Tonne Press using Titanium White ink on Mohawk Loop Black 298gsm. Ed. 25. Signed & numbered.

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The subject of Abandonment carries a lot of emotional weight, and having seen images of the Chance Glassworks, I instantly felt inspired.
— James Mitchell, Producer