Anne-Marie Atkinson at Photalk #1

Anne-Marie Atkinson was one of the presenters at the Photalk #1 event at White Cloth Gallery in Leeds. She presented work from her ongoing project ‘The Rugged Places’ and in her statement she described it as:

“…a photographic documentary series that explores the isolated rural location of the North Pennines and considers what it means to grow up in such an environment. Individual experience of teenagers is considered alongside wider cultural concerns of the rural environment, such as change of primary industry and decline of services.”


“Adolescents, who make up only a small percentage of the total population, are at risk of becoming liminally fixedʼ. Rendered remote by both their age and location, this project explores anxieties, desires and crises of identity experienced by teenagers against a dramatic rural backdrop.”

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