CWM Coke Works was a huge industrial coal coking factory situated on the outskirts of Beddau, in the Rhondda valleys. Built during the 1950’s and at one time a workplace to more than 1,500 individuals it has stood abandoned since its closure over a decade ago. As it awaits redevelopment, deserted, neglected interiors frame forsaken industrial equipment and traces of its former workers that bear witness to this once thriving industrial complex.
As nature continues to reclaim these industrial remains, the viewer is invited to contemplate the fragility of a space once constant human intervention becomes an absence. In a metaphorical sense, the images of these overgrown, dilapidated and closed off spaces represent a diminishing way of life for the communities of the South Wales valleys affected by the decline of the coal industry.