Michael Crocker

The Cut

The intention of this project was to create a body of photographic work that documents The Avon New Cut River in Bristol. The project captures its physical condition within the manmade landscape and the surrounding hinterland area. It reminds the viewer of its important original purpose as a tidal bypass to Bristol’s Floating Harbour and the rich industrial past it once had.

The project highlights the forgotten and disused nature of the river, and bring attention to the river within this context and the once thriving waterway. The work confronts notions concerning abandonment and industrial decay, and attempts to establish and clarify what the role of The Avon New Cut is in the current modern era.


The Night Time portfolio alludes to the once industrial nature of The Cut and its hinterland. Shot in the hours of darkness, the viewer is intended to make sense of this as a time of quietness. The Night series also hints at the emerging, yet still to be completed, partial redevelopment of the far western area of the river where the Ashton swing bridge is slowly becoming recommissioned into use. Images of a fleeting human interaction within the landscape are included, as is the recent redevelopment of the bridge. This area will see a new dawn of activity in the next year that will once again see the bridge in use to vehicles.


The Colour section examines the area as a space change and transition. The viewer sees the river and its edge lands as a place that humans have forgotten, but the changes continues to progress regardless. The unkempt car park shows us that this is an area once frequented but now disused. There are also signs of mankind affecting the landscape with discarded items such as the pallet and other debris. The theory of Heterotopia, and its concept of otherness, can be seen as a valid view point within the images of the Colour section.


The Monochrome selection of images include a series of detailed and textured photographs that relates to the transition that The Cut and its hinterland area is constantly experiencing. The images depict the area in the sense of the natural world taking over of a human constructed landscape. The ever changing tidal flow of the river evolves the landscape with the notion of constant change and timelessness, irrelevant of its now somewhat forgotten and abandoned status.

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