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We recently caught up with Alan Edwards who is a member of the Perth Civil Service Sports Association Photographic Club to give us some information on the inspiration which created ‘People, Power, Place and Product’ which features in Stanley Mills this month.

What inspired you to start taking photographs?

I was first inspired to take photographs back in the 80s when a friend of mine purchased a camera and a darkroom kit. Helping him out developing the photographs in the darkroom got me really interested and I thought it was something I would like to try out for myself.

The west elevation of Bell Mill, the oldest mill building on site

The west elevation of Bell Mill, the oldest mill building on site

What did you enjoy most about the project at Stanley Mills?

I enjoyed visiting the mills itself for the first time and seeing what was on display. I am quite embarrassed to say that I have lived in Perth all my life and had never visited the mills before. It was a great experience!

A recreated shot of a female worker on Mill Brae

A recreated shot of a female worker on Mill Brae

What inspired you the most at Stanley Mills?

The stonework of the old buildings. The colour of the bricks when the sun is shining on them really makes the building stand out and it was something I was keen to capture in my photographs. I actually visited the mills especially one evening with this in mind.

The tar dipping tank which features in the mill

The tar dipping tank which features in the mill

What is your favourite photograph that you have taken at Stanley Mills?

There is a photograph I took of a panoramic of the whole building. It is made up of 16 images stitched together. I just fancied giving it a go as I hadn’t really tried anything as large before and was relatively pleased with the result. You really need to visit to see it properly!

Rolls of woven tar dipped belting, a key product produced at the mills

Rolls of woven tar dipped belting, a key product produced at the mills

The photographs will be on display at Stanley Mills from Monday 10 April until Wednesday 31 May.  Come along and see the work produced and remember to share your own photos @welovehistory.

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