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Bridgewater was my major (final) project at college, and follows a section of the Bridgewater canal through Manchester and North Cheshire. 2011 was the 250th anniversary of the opening of the first stretch of the canal – the first ‘true’ canal to be opened in Britain since the time of the Romans.
In the years since its opening, the canal has gone from being a major industrial artery through disuse and neglect to its current leisure and recreational use. Walking along the footpath shows evidence everywhere of this rich and varied past – most notably the amount of industry that once depended on the canal, but that now ignores it.
These pictures were all taken on a 5×4 field camera. The completed project is available as a book.