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Junction of Round Croft and Field Street, Willenhall, West Midlands, April 2015

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Terrace houses and bungalows, Willenhall, West Midlands, April 2015

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Wolverhampton Street, Willenhall, West Midlands, April 2015

Smoking shelter in corner of car park, Willenhall, West Midlands, September 2013

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Empty car park, Willenhall, West Midlands, Septemner 2013

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Roadside and empty plot of land. Photographed in Wednesfield, West Midlands, September, 2013

Yellow door and industrial shed, Willenhall, West Midlands, September 2013

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Darlaston Road, Sandwell, West Midlands, November 2002

Ocker Hill electricirty substation, Sandwell, West Midlands, April 2015

Industrial units and gasworks at night, Sandwell, West Midlands, UK, April 2015

Telecommunications mast, Sandwell, West Midlands, October 2002

Beneath A41 flyover, Ocker Hill, Sandwell, West Midlands, September 2017

Beneath A41 flyover, Ocker Hill, Sandwell, West Midlands, September 2017

Works entrance, Telford, Shropshire, August 2013

Access road to industrial park,Telford, Shropshire, August 2013

Chain hotel, Teford, Shropshire, 2003

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Post with step-down transformer, Deeside, Flintshire, Wales, September 2013

Single track railway crossing road, Deeside, Flintshire, Wales, September 2013

Weighbridge Road, Shotton, Deesside, North Wales, 2001

View across the Mersey from Riverside Drive towards Wirral, Liverpool, UK, April 2015

Ruins of former Littlewoods factory, Edge Lane, Liverpool, October 2011

Garston docks, Liverpool, April 2015

Locked gate with wilderness beyond, Speke, Liverpool, 2010.

Vacant land, Speke, Liverpool, October 2010

Utility building surrounded by green fence, Garston, Liverpool, April 2015

Two No Entry signs, Liverpool, April 2015

North side of the Thames. Photographed in West Thurrock, Essex, February 2013

Stockyard, West Thurrock, Essex, February 2013

North side of the Thames, West Thurrock, Essex, February 2013

North side of the Thames, West Thurrock, Essex

Rapeseed processing plant, Erith, Bexley, London, 2013

Mobile phone base station, Erith, Bexley, London, 2013

Switched-off streetlights on industrial estate, Wrexham, Wales, March 2012

Parked trucks at night, Wrexham industrial estate, Wales, March 2012

Road junction on Wrexham industrial estate, Wales, March 2012

Locked gates of industrial compound with 'no entry' sign, Wrexham, Wales, March 2012

Fowlers Park, Wolverhampton, October 2013

Fowlers Park, Wolverhampton, October 2013

Ruins of former brewery, Wolverhampton, September 2013

Steel bending works, with Santa Claus on roof, Bilston, Wolverhampton, December 2002

Chemical factory and pylon, Stockton-on-Tees, 2001

Locked gates and view of Liverpool on the far side of the Mersey, Birkenhead, Wirral, 2010

Mersey Estuary looking across to Bootle docks, New Brighton, Wirral, 2012

Sewage pumping station, New Brighton, Wallasy, 2012

Clock tower and toilets on sea front, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, 2008

Two footpaths near Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, 2011

Refuse incinerator chimney, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, 2011

Pavement, metal fence and road sign, Walsall, West Midlands, 2013

Street, illuminated by streetlight, running through empty land, formerly a housing estate, Walsall, West Midlands, 2014

Street, illuminated by streetlight, running through empty land, formerly a housing estate, Walsall, West Midlands, 2014

Robert Brook: photographer, one time film maker, digital artist. In the 1970s and 80s had pictures exhibited in public galleries, purchased by public and private collections, worked on music album covers, won an award for film work. Between 1985 and 1990 worked on a graphics software project. Then specialised in photojournalism for many years before returning to personal and experimental work in 2012, largely made possible by advances in digital technology.



Projects:

London in the margins 1975 - 1990. Series of square format, mainly black and white photos of marginal areas and edgelands of London. First tranche exhibited at the the Serpentine gallery in 1977.

Pond 1975 - 1995. An ornamental garden and pond in Battersea Park depicted over time.

Software project 1985 - 1992. Worked on an application that used a simple command language for producing 3D forms and modifying them with mathematical functions. Eventually aborted due to the decline in usage of Acorn desktop computers.

Environmental journalism 1990 - 2012. Mainly concerned with heavy industry and its consequences. Photos published widely and used in a variety of media. Example >

Night photography 2000 - 2002. Incorporated a series of black and urban night photographs into a website display: UK Nights selected by Yahoo as a Pick of the Day.

35mm traditional street photography collection 1996 - 2004 in association with Photofusion. Observational, rather than subjective, mainly in Northern towns and cities including Blackpool - featured in Mass Photography: Blackpool through the camera >

Night Photography 2010 - 2016. More night photography, but using digital rather than film cameras, and covering areas that are now known to be Red Wall. Pictures were acquired by Corbis Contemporary

CGI series 2014 to present. Digital images illustrating ideas from maths and physics, used in books and journals


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The first time I did any outdoors night photography was back in the summer of 1989 in the fringes of East London. I was experimenting with a high resolution technical film using a medium format camera. I had intended dusk, but the light continued to fall, and it became night. There wasn't much to see where I was: just rows of sodium lights and then nothing, except the sound of the Thames. It struck me that you don't need much when you are photographing at night.

During the 1990s I found myself visiting areas of heavy industry, trying to negotiate the conflicting demands of corporate PR and the press, at a time that there was a demand, sometimes rather simplistic, for stories and images of environmental damage, as well positive views. Often I found myself working at night, and for this project I have visited many of the same areas, now with a more low-key approach, taking in ordinary streets and urban areas, trading estates, fragments of infrastructure and occasional industry.

In 2002 I created a website called 'UK Nights' (a Yahoo Pick of the Day) which incorporated some of the early work together with pictures of London at night by John May. I shot in square format black and white, and it was not until I went wholly digital in 2010 that I began to work mainly in colour, and it was at this point that I started the current site, although after three major revisions, the latest in 2018, it now has a very different look.


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