An Autopsy of Rural England.

April 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

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**A new and ongoing photography project**

Come to Herefordshire and you’ll be surprised by its natural beauty, the green fields, untouched landscapes and the tranquility of the idyllic market towns and villages, where people try desperately to grasp onto a time and period that has all but passed. You will probably fall in love with Herefordshire and remark to your nearest and dearest how it’s such a wonderful place to visit. You may even want to retire here…

But dig a little deeper, cut it open and you might find a very different story. A very different county. You might find a story of the lowest wages in the West Midlands, a story of constant compromise, a story of a Tory seat that has largely been unopposed for the last two decades. Cut deeper and you will see a county that has placed all of its funding into one city centre. A failed regeneration that has left everywhere else behind it, in its murky shadow. You’ll find quiet streets – and I don’t mean in the tranquil way you may think of – but in a way where a lack of true investment, opportunity and a disposable income has emptied the streets until they look like a damaged Hopper painting.

This project is not about the people here. By large, the people here are good, honest and hard working. There are of course people who do not want change. They don’t understand it. There are also plenty of the “love it or leave it” brigade and there are people who undoubtedly deserve better. People who have been let down by a place where social injustice is being pushed into the very forefront.

Herefordshire is of course beautiful too. There are countless books and postcards to demonstrate that. There is an undeniable charm here, but the things and places that will be photographed for this project, unlike other counties, are not hidden. They are not relegated to the back streets, they are on our doorsteps, outside of our houses, in our town centres. Unhidden, unapologetic and in plain view. They are a constant reminder of an unbalanced county and an unbalanced economy. It is compromised and frequent, it is every part of our county. It is in equal measure to the beauty, the charm and the silence.

Look past the natural beauty and the over marketed history and you’ll see it. Clear as day. A political commentary? Perhaps. But it will be a definite and honest autopsy of the place I call home.

– Carl Beebee.

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Marilyn Monroe Projected

August 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is a photograph of a Marilyn Monroe portrait by Bert Stern projected onto a wall in Bromyard, Worcestershire.

I did a series of images involving projecting (with the strongest projector I could hire) other images onto walls, buildings and trees etc.

There are more images from this collection on my website at www.carlbeebee.com

Take (Me) Away

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is one of the negatives I’ve recently scanned in from a series I shot titled ‘Take (Me) Away’.

It was taken in 2000 on a Pentax 35mm. I really like the expression on the workers face.

Double Exposure #2

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve just developed this double exposure of a main road at night and an abandoned railway line.

I’ve been working on these for a few weeks. I seem to have the composition of the two frames sorted out now but the exposure is still proving difficult. it’s a little hit and miss at the moment but this is my favorite image thus far.

The Albert Docks

July 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

This was taken at The Albert Docks in Liverpool around two years ago – and I exhibited it for the first time, last year. It was 7.00 am and very foggy.

I think it’s probably the most atmospheric photograph I’ve ever taken.

Shop Windows

July 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’ve been interested in photographing shop windows ever since I studied the work of Eugene Atget. He often photographed shop windows and architecture as a means of documenting a town/city/country.

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Urban Malaise

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was in Rugby this Tuesday working on an interiors assignment. This was just outside the building I was working in.

There’s something about urban malaise that always catches my eyes. Most people hate it, I’ve always found it has a certain beauty.

Pentax K20D – 35 – 55mm lens.

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