I photographed Josh on the street where he livedin 2013 , in the council estate in St.Dennis China Clay Country, Cornwall
He said to me in an interview: ‘St. Dennis is a quiet place, there are only a few things you can do…we have a skate park and Flatty and pointy…you’ve got mud jumps up top and all…the skate park’s been build now and everyone goes there.We’ve got 3 shops, 5pubs…back in the days we had the cinema down here. We’ve got 2 chippies and the post office.I’m 16, I went to Brannel school and my dream job would be probably road working, building, construction, that kind of thing. I worked with my dad a couple of times and since then I liked it, to help him out and all, putting down the yellow lines, it’s fun.I had my first tattoo back in December, the second one a week later, and the other one a couple of months ago…I always wanted one, ever since I was young so I just went and got one. What I thought I’d do is that each star represents a bit of my family, that’s my mom, my dad, my granddad, my gran that died, there’s my sister and I got two space there left, I don’t know for what yet, and there’s my bike helmet and a tribal one. I paid for all of them.’
Imerys is the greatest extraction company in the China Clay area, in Cornwall.
In an email exchange with Becky:
“I’ve answered the first three, but the last two I will need approval from Imerys before submitting to you. Unfortunately, we have a number of very important events and visits that are taking priority at the moment and I don’t think I will be able to get them to you by the end of the week even.
If you are happy to just use the first three, I will attach below.”
When did you started working for Imerys?- “I started working for Imerys in 1986”
Where do you live in the China Clay area? – “I live near the village of Trewoon.”
Do you have a particular moment that you remember in connection to the landscape in the China Clay area? Do you feel connected to this place, or would you go anywhere else to live? – “There is no particular moment that I remember, however as I have lived in the area for all of my life the china clay landscape has always been around me and I can appreciate it’s beauty. Much as I love and feel very fortunate to live in Cornwall, I would also be happy to go and live elsewhere if necessary.”
How do you see the future of the Clay area from an industrial and economical point of view?- awaiting answer
Is there anything you’d wish for in regards to the China Clay area’s present and future? – awaiting answer