I. Strata to Streets

 2015 – 2016

Over Millennia we have shaped stone: chipped, cut, split, crushed – turned hillsides into quarries – strata into streets. As in many towns, this process is the foundation of Macclesfield. The pink and blueish gritstone of Tegg’s Nose has been quarried for hundreds of years. The hill exists as fragments around the town: scattered. It sits in the walls, the facing of buildings and the lining of streets.

Through a dialogue between analogue processes – namely, large format photography, drawing (embossed rubbing), darkroom experimentation, writing walking and talking – artist Tom Baskeyfield and photographer Mario Popham aim to bring to the fore these layers of our shared history.