Adopted from the french language, cul-de-sac refers to a group of residential plots that have one communal entrance and a dead-end. This selection of photographs were made in and around a cul-de-sac located in a semi-rural village in West Yorkshire.
The project began in the spring of 2007 and investigates the way that living in such a space encourages a certain kind of childhood and the transition between pre-pubescence and adolescence.
In the private nature of its suburban design, the children are free to play without the threat of flowing traffic, yet under the constant supervision of minding adults they are not allowed to go beyond the entrance to this territory.
For the young their cul-de-sac becomes a cocoon; its boundaries protect them and they seem comfortable to playfully test its limits, exploring every inch of it they can.
For the older teenage residents, their maturing desire for autonomy conflicts with the reality of their dependance within familial routines - that world beyond becomes more tangible as they outgrow this dead-end. The combination of photographic approaches, from formal portraits to almost snapshot observations, creates a multi-layered document of growing up here. Photographed in the changing seasonal light and foliage of the cul-de-sac, these uncanny and intriguing moments from its youths and its landscape examine a stimulating and evolving palette of colour, texture and details.