An exhibition of photographs taken by people concerned about the impacts of fracking goes on display today in Blackpool to coincide with the opening of the inquiry into Cuadrilla’s shale gas applications.
The 34 photographs in the collection are each accompanied by a statement by the photographer reflecting on what it means to live with the prospect of fracking.
The show, titled Through Our Eyes, is part of a project by Anna Szolucha, a social anthropologist at the University of Bergen in Norway. She has been researching the social impacts of shale gas developments in Lancashire and in Poland.
Ms Szolucha told DrillOrDrop:
“The aim of the exhibition is to give voice to the local communities as they take stock of this impact in their own words and images.”
The research compares the impacts of fracking with community-led renewable energy initiatives. Debates on both energy sources were raising questions about models of democracy, she said.
“I really wanted to know what citizens in the UK and Poland were doing to ‘repower democracy’ from the ground up and what sort of barriers they encountered.”
The results will of the research will be presented in the next few weeks. she said:
“The preliminary results of this study show profound impacts of planned shale gas developments especially in terms of public health and changes in people’s political outlook.”
The exhibition opens at 11:30am at Excelsior, 181 Lytham Rd, Blackpool, a short walk from Blackpool Football Club, where the inquiry is taking place.
After today’s opening, Ms Szolucha aims to create a mobile exhibition that can be displayed wherever there is an interest. To find out more about future venues, contact Ms Szolucha at http://repowerdemocracy.net/contact/
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