The Lenton Industrial Estate remains an unexplored area for many Nottingham residents passing by on the A52.
Cinemagoers stopping at the neighbouring Showcase Cinema or diners grabbing a bite at Sat Bains with Rooms find little reason to drive through.
But a Nottingham student is attempting to open the eyes of residents, capturing the area’s beauty as it enters a period of change.
Situated between the railway and Beeston Canal, there are a number of nationally significant companies based in the Lenton Industrial Estate including Reckitt Benckiser, whose brands include Dettol and Calgon, and the head offices’ of pharmaceutical giants Boots.
Having grown up in nearby Wilford, 21-year-old photography student Callum Baigrie has been capturing the estate’s rich history since spotting the sights and sounds of industry while walking down the adjacent canal.
Previously Callum, who is in his final year at Nottingham Trent University, photographed the suburbia of Clifton for a second year project, applying a style he describes as straightforward with no obvious manipulation and few, if any, people in his shots.
“After this I’m going into the working world for the first time so I wondered how I could express this in my personal work,” said the photography student, who is also the photo editor of Platform, university’s student magazine.
“I thought ‘What is the next step from there?’
“I started moving away from homely spaces and the most obvious move was to look at industrial spaces because of their work orientation.”
One of Callum’s aims is to capture what Lenton Industrial Estate currently looks like as it faces a period of transformation.
Imperial Tobacco’s historic cigarette-making factory Horizon is to close this year after 44 years of production and talks have been ongoing to demolish and redevelop the land now occupied by the derelict ISIS nightclub.
“The Horizon Factory is iconic, it’s one of the biggest draws to that industrial estate. It’s closing this year but it’s become a listed building and it has quite an exciting history.
“In other areas of the estate the purpose is changing with more restaurants and leisure spaces opening, which are the polar opposite to the people they’re currently attracting.
“There’s also the Showcase Cinema, which is very intriguing to me. Its white block tiles with red accents around and reminds me a lot of [pop art artist] Edward Ruscha’s work, which has influenced my own.”
One of the piece of Callum’s collection is an image of a double decker bus parked horizontally across five parking spaces in the cinema’s car park.
“It was a deviation from what I normally do but the cars in the car park were facing one way and it was just there with the white and the red matching the white and the red of the Showcase. I just thought it was so interesting.
“That image reminded me of the work of Joel Sternfeld, a pioneer in colour photography, about portraying this sense of Hollywood and America, working either with or against the American dream.”
Callum’s finished collection will be on display at the Photo Parlour, Karlsruhe House on Queensbridge Road, Nottingham from May 23 to June 5.