A college course has prompted Leanne Sidney from Taw Hill to consider the changes in housing built during the past ten years in North Swindon and she has already amassed 1,400 images.
Throughout the Autumn Leanne, right, was taking pictures for an end of term project for her foundation degree in photography at New College. She has had to distil her research down to just 15 pictures.
Her project records the change in house design from the more traditional look of Abbey Meads to the variety to be found at Priory Vale.
Leanne moved to Swindon from Australia ten years ago when North Swindon was still green fields. She was familiar with the area but looking at house types though her camera lens has been an eye opener. “We drive past it but we don’t really see it. When you get out and walk the streets, you might come upon an apartment building out of the blue. It can be difficult to see things from a car; the styles and density of development is hidden.”
Leanne is interested to see how people in the newer homes feel about living in such close proximity to one another. She suspects they become more introverted.
Although she had plans to focus on portraiture when she began the course in September, this topic has captured her imagination. She thinks it may become an ongoing project and is considering mounting an exhibition in the spring.