In the ‘Edgelands’ project, photographer and illustrator James Sinfield explores the hinterland between urban areas and the ‘proper’ countryside.
Having grown up in a former mining area, these places hold a peculiar fascination for James. “The Edgelands represent many things; a refuge, an opportunity for solitude and contemplation, an exploration of unease and a way of understanding my habitat” he explains. “It’s where we put the functional things; sewerage plants, warehouses, substations, light industry and chicken farms. Yet despite the landscapes being so utterly manipulated and controlled by humans, they’re relatively free of people. I often experience a slight feeling of wrongdoing there; I think this feeling creeps into the images. I’ve grown to love the Edgelands; their strange and eerie beauty, the rubbish, the odd smells and the buildings whose purpose often seems mysterious.”
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