Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Newport, South Wales

So today my boyfriend and I decided to visit Newport in South Wales after I had received my grades from my latest university project. The main centre of Newport is around a fifteen minute bus journey on route 27 from Caerleon Campus. Caerleon is a very beautiful and peaceful village, and during recent visits from my boyfriend we have visited most of the attractions and things to see including the Roman Remains and the Amphitheatre.

Newport City is a very interesting place to visit, both for its positives, but also for its negatives. It is renowned for its variety of night clubs including 'Delilahs' and 'Revolution' which both supply cheap alcohol on a Wednesday night for students 'student night'. A few months ago Newport was the main subject of a television documentary program entitled "Bouncers" on Channel 4. The documentary showcased Newport's night life in a very negative, but also truthful manner. People drinking, being sick, and starting fights due to a different state of mind. However, on the other hand, Wales have produced a number of successful talents including Katherine Jenkins (Singer), Tom Jones (Singer), Catherine Zeta Jones (Actor), Newport County AFC (Blue Square Bet Premier League) and Newport Gwent Dragons (Rabo Direct Pro 12).

Anyway, we did a bit of window shopping and stopped for some lunch, and then went exploring. I soon picked up on the fact that a lot of shops have now closed down, gone into administration (HMV, Commercial Street) or gone into liquidation. I decided to document the numerous amount of shops that have received this treatment as a large majority of the shops everywhere are quickly disappearing so this is a matter that the public are now having to deal with on a daily basis.

The photograph to the left is the last remains presence of Internactionale, Commercial Street as the shop was empty. The shop is positioned to the left of Starbucks, a well known international coffee company.
The photograph to the right is Topman. The sign states that it will close on the 17th March, however the shop was already empty and abandoned.

The two photographs below are signs that were stuck to one of the Sports Direct windows. Sports Direct is positioned on Commercial Street around a five minute walk from the Kingsway Shopping Centre.

I enjoyed making these images, but it does make me question the position of the society that we live in today.

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