Scarlett O'Flaherty - Coal Dust & The White Rose
"The Miners strike of 1984 was a defining moment in Margaret Thatchers attempt to destroy the power of the trade union movement. What has become the most bitter dispute in modern industrial history continues to impact the lives those involved. The twelve month long strike resonates today and has shaped the lives of these men. This project by Scarlett O'Flaherty is a collective memory of the men from the South Yorkshire coalfield." - Lensthink Yorkshire
This work firstly attracted me on a purely aesthetic level. A beautifully delicate balance of images shot in a very quiet and considered way. I have known Scarlett for a few years now and have seen her photography progress through her degree at Plymouth University. This project then attracted me through its political view. The miners strike as talked about above is something that still effects families to this day and I think this documentation of the strike has been done in a very strong way. I particularly like that my eye is taken from portrait to landscape with these beautiful little comers of still life all the way through the project.
You can see more of Scarlett's work on her website here.