About the film and sharing your own story
Drifting by the Leeds & Liverpool is a portrait of humanity's everyday condition using traces in the landscape that mark possession, use and abuse along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. A poignant experience of absence, deindustrialisation, regeneration and the tranquility of water. Photographed by Andrew Fitzgibbon during a 127 mile psychogeographic wander and featuring a stills film narrated by Paul Butterworth.
The project has featured on BBC Radio, in The Yorkshire Post, and local newspapers. It was a finalist in the prestigious Association of Photographers' 2021 Student Awards and the Jump Cuts Film Festival.
Andrew is looking for stories shared by the community along the canal to shape an upcoming exhibition and to include extracts from the stories in the show. If you think you can help and would like to know more, please follow this link, where you'll also see some of the stories shared so far: www.fitzgibbonphotography.com/share-canal-stories. Alternatively, you can contact me immediately through the social media and email links above, WhatsApp or Messenger (where you can record a message if more convenient than writing).
Watch the Film
The 10 minute short stills-film produced by Andrew Fitzgibbon includes a plaintive narrative, beautifully voiced by Yorkshire actor Paul Butterworth (The Full Monty, Strike). It features contemporary ambient sound recordings from the canal and sampled oral histories from its industrial past.