Nightclub, Westgate, Wakefield, January 2013. Like Wellington Street in Barnsley, Westgate has a reputation of drunk and disordely behaviour by night. Although being a wider and busier road than Wellington Street, it doesn't feel quite as claustrophobic and intimidating.
Abandoned, house, between Woolley and Hall Green, January 2013. Despite logic telling me that nobody in their right mind would be occupying an abandoned building with no windows on a very cold winters day, I didn't have the guts to venture further than the spot from where I took this photograph. The house was next door to an house with a large black car and a dog, that I thought I heard barking. I was nervous about getting on the wrong side of whoever owned that property.
Regarding mentioned Debord quote,the side of Sheffield which is nicer to oneself is a route that takes you up a big hill from the station.Its physically easier to go right from the station towards bus station/Castle Market area.Yet one's less likely to do so;more likely take the hill.The area surrounding bus station/Market is (to a Sheffielder) the real Sheffield. Reality is often hard to look at.Up the hill is more tourist-friendly;and its pleasant,but one's often reminded that its not so…
'Tarn (town) army' graffiti Barnsley February 2013. A borough constructs a sense of identity within the people it serves. Barnsley has created in its residents a very strong association with the town, even if parts of the landscape the people are raised around don't lie in the borough. The landscape I first learnt to understand the world from was partly in another borough. It was only when I began to make school friends that the culture of the town began to attach itself to my own identity.
Leeds, January 2013. Although I do often find Leeds overwhelming, due to the lack of time to acclimatize to the sudden world-city feel, which comes out of nowhere amidst old softer-looking Yorkshire settlements and green hills, I do have some affinity to both it and Sheffield. Because my location in the old West Riding is exactly 14 miles both ways from Leeds and Sheffield, they both feel like my home big cities
Warning signs on land behind social housing estate, New Lodge, Barnsley. It's now an odd sight to see such signs, because the rapid growth of trees over these former spoil heaps gives you the impression that there was nothing here before the trees, never mind an industrial wasteland. A wasteland that, in a discontinuous way, probably followed the Hallam railway line down from Leeds to Sheffield
The site around where Dodworth colliery used to be is now a large site for light industrial warehouses and gastro pubs, that change Dodworth into a make-shift service station, with it being so close to a motorway junction. The pub on the left has been given a faux-traditional feel to it; but it isn't even a traditional look that has any resemblence to what could be deemed 'traditional' in the near area.
Barnsley, 2013. More and more streets seem to be becoming devoid of space, as newly built flats, often unfinished due to the credit crisis, begin to occupy every space. It makes areas feel more claustrophobic, which makes you confront the often forgotten fact that most people are crammed in on top of each in urban settlements due to most of the land being owned by a very few.