Mark Wright


Mark Wright

The Fireside and the Sanctuary


Photographer Mark Wright has photographed the communities and landscapes affected by early fracking interventions in the north of England. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth, injecting liquid at high pressure to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Drilling companies suggest trillions of cubic feet of shale gas is recoverable from underneath parts of the UK. The moratorium on fracking was lifted in the UK in 2012.

Wright looks at the experiences, lifestyles and habitats of the communities affected by fracking decisions. He has spent time interviewing, photographing and living amongst the communities affected. The new project captures a significant moment in our history and at its core, a photographic documentation, of the stillness present in our ever changing world.

The project is a collaboration with GRAIN Projects and also features commissioned writing.


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