Blackburn, Lancashire has an incredibly diverse population with 31% of the 150,000 residents coming from the BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic minority) heritage. This collection of portraits celebrates these individuals who are integral to the local community.
In any local community there are unique factors that give it strength and vitality; it’s people, it’s environment and it’s trade. Blackburn, a post industrial town in the North West of England has one of the youngest populations in Europe, a strong manufacturing platform but also has its unique heritage in cotton and trade.
Innovation in weaving made Blackburn one of the first industrialised towns in the world but this large scale industry has since declined and the town now battles high unemployment and a lack of social mobility. Since the 1950’s the population has become increasingly diverse through significant immigration form the Indian subcontinent.
Today almost 150,000 are living in Blackburn of which 31% are Black, Asian, Minority ethnic, compared to 14 per cent in Great Britain as a whole.
Lifeblood is a photographic exploration of Blackburn’s 31%, providing the humanistic, hard working insight in to a static that defines Blackburn’s strength and vitality.
The project has captured the interest of the National media with BBC News featuring-click here.
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Richard Tymon is a professional photographer covering a variety of genres including events, portraits, products and creative personal projects. With clients including Manchester International Festival, Hemingway Design, Labour Party, Toast Design, Source Creative, Mid Pennine Arts and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
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