"The Industrial Landscape", 2019 | Patrick Lewis Dowse

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Patrick is a documentary photographer and photographic assistant from the North-East of England currently based in London. Working with portrait and landscape he aims to explore the impact of the social economic change that occurred in the North-East of England in the mid-to-late 20th century and the impact that has on the area in the 21st century.

We spoke to Patrick about his most recent series.

The Blast Beach, Seaham Co. Durham. This was the location of the pit heap for the biggest coal mine in Europe and buried under over two million tons of coal. The water is a rusty orange colour due to the iron and other materials dug up at the site. The beaches a long the east Durham Coastline went through a huge transformation by the National Trust to clean up the beaches to get them back to their former glory. It has now been left to nature to clean the beach gradually.

To see more of Patrick’s work, visit https://www.patricklewisdowse.co.uk/

All images and text © Patrick Lewis Dowse