I have always been fascinated by the edges of places, where civilisation gives way to nature. The canal is such a place. As it meanders through Industrial landscapes and bucolic havens, the water inhabits a strange borderland between city and countryside. In the city, the canal lies hidden from view behind corrugated fences and oily black walls. As it passes behind factories, underneath motorways and out into the countryside, it can take us to a place that we often forget exists.
For Towpath I plotted a route along the hundreds of miles of canal towpath that connects the river Thames in London with my home in Birmingham. As I walked along the canal I found that I was experiencing a place in a continual state of change, one of both decay and recovery. Using the transformative qualities of walking and being in the landscape, I documented what I encountered, as I made my way north along England's longest and most significant canal, The Grand Union.
Towpath is a ultimately a portrait of a post industrial landscape in the process of redefining itself, and a photographic meditation on the transient nature of all things.