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Who are you?
Carl Mole

What is it you do?
I make photographs of the urban landscape around the North East of England, as well as making the occasional photography zine, illustration and relief print artwork.

How long have you been doing it?
I’ve had an interest in photography and art for most of my life.

What inspires you?
The landscapes of James Orton, Jem Southam, and Richard Billingham, plus many photographers and artists in different genres.

I’m an avid reader of literature on how our surroundings affect us and our relationship to spaces found on the boundaries of town and country. For example, Iain Sinclair’s London Orbital, Richard Mabey’s The Unofficial Countryside, Edgelands by the poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, alongside the novels of J.G.Ballard.

Tell us about your work.
My series of photographs of around Teesmouth is an unsentimental visual exploration of the area around the mouth of the River Tees. The photographs take the viewer on a documentary and environmental journey of the landscape to enquire if beauty can be found in the least expected and industrial places; the places overlooked and neglected in favour of the idealised natural landscape.

What have you got coming up in the future?
I have an exhibition of the Teesmouth series showing at Eston Arts Centre, Middlesbrough in September. It’s on from September 10th – October 3rd 2020.

I will also be continuing with my photographic geographical study of the routes that the many becks (from the Old Norse ‘bekkr’ – ‘a stream’) take that run through the Teesside area.

And I want to produce more zines from my previous photography projects.

Where can people find out more about you?
You can find me at my website, Instagram – @carlmole and Twitter – @CarlMole.

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