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Ibolya Feher Photographer

What is the ‘second chance’ for the Enterprise Zone? How might it affect those who work and reside in it?



Ibolya Feher is a photographic story-teller based in Bristol who graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Photography from the University of the West of England in 2011. The same year, Ibi was the Winner of the South West Graduate Photography Prize as well as runner up in the Guardian Student Photographer of the Year. Having showcased her work in London, Bristol and Milan, Ibi’s main interest is in every day life, people and communities.

Project Description

Ibolya explores second chances and re-starts, and the parallels between the Zone as a whole and individuals within it. The work focuses on individuals working at the urban agriculture Severn Project at the old Diesel Yard.

Ibolya collaborated with and trained the workers in photographic techniques through the long hard winter of 2012/13. The images reveal how it is possible to make a change in your environment, your own life, and grow a perfect lettuce in the most unpromising of places. A pop-up exhibition of the work is on display on the Bath Road over-looking the Diesel Depot.

” In their words… “

Temple Feeds is a pop up photography exhibition introducing the working life of people at The Severn Project. The Severn Project is a social re-integration project operating three smallholdings in Keynsham near Bath, in Whitchurch, and in Temple Quarter. They grow organic vegetables on disused urban lands and offer opportunities to socially excluded people.

This photography work is a collaboration between me and the people at Severn Project who received a small introductionary training into photography and set up documenting their working days throughout February and March 2013.

The land Severn Project currently works in Temple Quarter is known as the Old Diesel Depot, formerly open farm land, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries trains running from Temple Meads Station were refueled. During this time the place suffered badly from the heavy industry of oil, paint  and gas works, tar and a resin distillery. Cleared and decontaminated with new imported topsoil, the land has now turned a full circle in history back to farmland.

With my work, I was aiming to explore people’s connection to their work environment and was encouraging the participants to express themselves through photography to show what do they think about their work and their work environment.

The photographs in this exhibition were taken both on the Diesel Depot site and the Severn Project’s sister site in Keysham. Together they reveal how it is possible to make a change to your environment, to people or your own life and of course how to grow a lettuce.