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Concrete Place


What Was

Imogen Laura Wells

My practice is about representing the edgeland landscape as a metaphor for social mobility, through the pairing of photography and poetry.

My interest is in places, particularly those places that go unacknowledged, unnoticed, those places that are liminal. Edgelands are ever-changing spaces that are directly impacted through social change, industrial development and the processes of modernity. I use film photography to capture edgelands and the process of this enables me to be more reflective. I find parts of my own identity relating to these places, to which I see edgelands as a metaphor for social mobility. Often, these in-between spaces form the backdrop to Britain's working-class culture, and so I started writing poetry to connect my ideas. My practice involves exploring, decision-making and challenging myself creatively.

Final year project

edgelands and me


'Redefining Britain's working-class identity: a study of artists' depictions of their environment' was the title of my dissertation, which formed the foundations of my research for the 'edgelands and me' studio project. I discovered that the visual landscape can hold similar characteristics to those that divide the social classes of Britain. For this, I achieved a First Class grade, and so I gained a great deal of confidence with writing. This confidence encouraged me to challenge myself further with writing, and so I began integrating poetry into my practice.