We are pleased to announce we will be showing a selection of images by photographer Bradley Pearce, during our group exhibition, Windows into Industrial Worlds, 6 April to 30 June 2019, at Himley Hall and Park.
Bradley Pearce is a Midlands-based event and award winning fine art photographer, who has completed three projects for this display. He also graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a First-Class Honours Degree.
The Forge is a project that focuses on the still-operating, old industrial processes in the Black Country, taken at Longwear Alloys, West Bromwich. The photographs are of a process in which metal is smelted into ingots before they are shipped across the globe. The process took about twenty minutes from start to finish and these photographs show key parts of this.
The Canal is a project taken at Hawne Basin, situated in an industrial area of Halesowen. The original basin was opened in the early 1800s to serve Hawne Colliery. By 1898 the basin was enlarged to include railway access and sidings, and later served local industries including Walter Somers, Stewarts and Lloyds, as well as those further away on the canal network. On 5 June 1967, traffic ceased and the basin closed. Today, the basin is managed by Coombeswood Canal Trust, and is now home to a small number of permanent residents who restore working boats to their original condition and continue to preserve the industrial heritage of the area.
The Foundry is a project taken at The Boro’ Foundry Ltd, Lye. The photographs depict a traditional iron foundry and machine shop. The combined skills show some of the old with the new, with patterns, castings and machining being carried out using some of the latest sand printing technologies and CNC machining techniques. The environment is taken into consideration using some materials that are 100% recycled and other by-products being found alternative uses down the line.
Images copyright Bradley Pearce. All rights reserved.