A photography exhibition all this month in the Folk House cafe on Park Street takes a close look at the Cadbury’s Somerdale factory in Keynsham during the final months of its nearly century-long operational history before its closure in January 2011.
Industrial heritage and diversity are two recurring themes for Calvin, who this year has exhibited in Bocabar and the Grant Bradley Gallery.
In some of his photos of the factory that Bristolians of an older vintage still call Fry’s, Calvin makes the scenery look like it could be in East Germany rather than North East Somerset.
“The project was an exploration of the site’s distinctive buildings and feature-rich environs, many of which were leant a new perspective by a variety of lighting and weather conditions,” says the Folk House’s website.
“With the recent announcement that many of these buildings may be demolished as part of the site’s eventual redevelopment, the images from this project will help to visually preserve the legacy of Somerdale, an iconic industrial landmark which has been a part of the lives of generations of local people.”
Sunset at Somerdale is at the Folk House cafe until August 30. To view more of David Calvin’s work, visit www.davidcalvinphotography.com.