Originally conceptualised as an exploration of isolation and nostalgic connections to home, the works of my graduate portfolio focus on a slag heap in Scissett, West Yorkshire, England. For five generations my family have lived next to the slag heap, a hill made from the waste material of the Nortonthorpe Coal mine, now referred to as The Banking. In more recent, more trying times, the the works became part of a process to expand my domestic space during the the 2020 lockdown. Slagheap, is a short landscape film that follows the flight path of my grandmother’s racing pigeons as they fly over the woodland of the reclaimed waste soil. Contrasting static shots of the scenic slag heap with arresting sound design built from a collection of field recordings I made through my three years living in London. The film seeks to demonstrate the cultural, personal and political divides between my two homes.

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