The Blast

I have been putting some words together for an online magazine about my latest project “The Blast”, and thought that sharing some of them here might give more background to what I have been trying to do with this new work.

Dragging together “landscape” and simple “still life” images has been a real struggle, [...]

Blast (Where the Earth Bleeds)

Roger Coulam’s latest collection of images from Blast Beach on the County Durham coastline, which was ravaged by centruies of heavy industry and coal mining. [...]

The End of Summer

One of my personal projects is based around agricultural shows, and for the last two years I have photographed those in the Wear and Tees Valleys in County Durham. The Langdon Beck Sheep Show of 2012 really felt like the last day of summer (although I can’t remember the start of summer, but suspect that it might have been moist!) Teesdale looked glorious in the September sunshine, for one of the most traditional country shows in the north of England. My enduring memory of this show will be the welcome given to me by everyone involved, and the laughter that prevailed despite the serious competition. [...]

Sheep, Cows, and 18lb Onions

The end of harvest brings a host of agricultural shows to the English countryside. These events are steeped in tradition and often boast long histories, and are an integral part of many rural communities. They’re a time to show off livestock, dogs, horses, huge prize-vegetables, home baking, and to meet old friends and neighbours. Quintessentially English and quirky to boot. [...]