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.

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

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.

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