Nick St.Oegger

Photographer
   
Bypassed
Location: Tirana, Albania
Biography: My journey as a storyteller was inspired by childhood trips with my mountaineer grandfather, who introduced me to the wonders of the natural world, while sharing tales of the people and places from his adventurous life. He sparked in me a... MORE
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Bypassed
Copyright Nick St.Oegger 2022
Updated Aug 2021
Location Wales
Topics Architecture, Culture stories, Documentary, Industrial, Photography


Bypassed is an exploration of the lasting effects of the M4 motorway on the physical and psychological landscape of Port Talbot, Wales. Hailed as a major engineering achievement upon its opening in 1966, Wales' first motorway required the demolition of large swaths of the town, and displaced hundreds from their homes and businesses. While considered a sign of progress, the shortsightedness of its design features and placement through the town has begun to show through the following decades. The motorway's expansion coincided with a decline in the steel industry, slowly emptying out the nearby Port Talbot Steelworks, which had once been at the center of the town's success. Today, the uncertain future for the steelworks weighs heavily on residents, while the motorway serves as a constant reminder that their town has become a place not worth stopping for.  
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