Project Cleansweep takes its name from a Ministry of Defence report issued in2011 identifying sites in the UK where tens of thousands of tonnes of mustard gas, phosgene and other lethal chemicals were made, stored, burned and dumped in England, Wales and Scotland since the first world war. Some areas are still fenced off to protect the public today. The MoD launched Operation Cleansweep in 2007 to provide “reassurance” that residual contamination at UK sites did not pose a risk to human health or the environment.
My approach was to consider the current status of these sites and to draw attention to the inherent visual ambiguity of places that have changed in use and orientation but still retain a legacy of the past.
The focus of the images is on unsteadiness, impermanence, transience, and ideas of
transformation, shifts and “repositioning”. Landscape and architecture that may at first
appear to be solid and permanent is instead experienced as unbalanced and
More photos soon……
Oct 2013: I have expanded this project to include biological weapons sites. It’s just that there is so much crossover between the two
Weymouth Bay Dorset Lords Bridge Cambridgeshire
Spalford Warren Nottinghamshire Frome Somerset
ShingleStreet Norfolk Kimbolton Cambridgeshire
Penclawwd Gower Peninsula Norton Disney Lincolnshire
Riseley Bedfordshire Whipton Exeter
Porton Down Wiltshire Whitford Point Gower Peninsula
Avonmouth Bristol Norwich Norfolk
Little Heath Norfolk Nancekuke Cornwall