Western Edge is an ongoing series exploring the area lying just to the west of Black Country, part of the West Midlands conurbation in the UK. This place was designated greenbelt to preserve it as the ‘playground of the Black Country’ and to limit the encroachment of urban sprawl. At its peak thousands of industrial workers would visit this area on day trips brought here by tram. Today the area forms a buffer between the conurbation and the countryside, a place which commuters pass through. The area's proximity to the Black Country remains a part of its identity with visitors coming to walk and enjoy the scenery
The photographs attempt to explore the complexities of this area. It is also a place in its own right; one with a history going back long before the industrial revolution when the Conurbation came into being. People have lived here since at least the Iron Age, and there are vestigial remains of woodlands and heaths that once covered the whole region. While the urban area isn’t visible in my photographs its presence remains there just out of sight. Layers of the history of this place also remain, perhaps partly concealed and perhaps partly imagined.