Allie Crewe

Allie Crewe's portraits try to go beyond the surface to explore or reveal a deeper vision of the subject. She focuses on gender and sexuality and has spent the past year working in Hebden Bridge with trans women and their partners. Rather than photograph many people she chose to build a close bond with two couples and develop the work more intimately. In pursuit of her own voice as a photographer she wove her narrative with those of her subjects

Bruce Cutts

Home working has been common before in the Calder valley during the period prior to the industrial revolution with farmers who’s family often doubled as weavers. This history can be seen in the local architecture with 17th and 18th century handloom weavers' cottages exhibiting typical long mullioned windows of a ‘loom chamber’ on the upper floor.

Home working is taking on a new form. It’s a new and striking isolation for a whole new section of the workforce, people who have traditionally worked in offices and in large groups with the social and friendship connections that this brings.

The Calder Valley is a hot spot for home working with it’s attractive rural setting placed conveniently between the conurbations of Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. Never before have so many people spent so much time in spare rooms, small home office studios and studies staring at screens. Watching the neighbours and talking to pets.

Who are these people? what do they look like? This collection of work takes a look at a small selection of the faces and desks of home workers, to personalise the phenomenon and reveal this hidden workforces faces and workspaces in and around the calder valley. From artists to civil servants they all have that common thread of a working life at home with the telephone, emails and Facebook for company.

What they say…..

“human contact during the day is limited to the postman.”
“I love the flexibility, like being my own boss, I just get the work done.”
“depressing and isolating.”
“allows me to focus and be productive without distraction.”
“not my choice.”
“I can work without interruption and concentrate.”
“working in isolation without physical company of others.”
“great for the school run and walking the dog.”

Robin Maurice

This work finds images in places which others pass by. It concentrates on the various window scenes found the length and breadth of Hebden Bridge. The windows look back from the many different enterprises that line the streets : charity shops, arts retailers, office buildings.  These are compositions that utilise the two dimensional aspect of photography and make full use of the traditions of colour photography.

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