The Aims of this project is to record the people of the Potteries in visual and audio format, of their religious and cultural beliefs for an exhibition to be staged in Stoke-on-Trent in 2011. This is a celebration of the cultural diversity and ethnicity of the many inhabitants of the Potteries
Martin has recently in 2010 completed the first part of this project by recording over 600 people in a street photography project which exhibited in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery for a 3 month period at the end of 2010. The project was entitled ‘Portraits of the Potteries’ and was completed in the centenary year of Stoke-on-Trent’s six towns becoming a federation in 1910. The project recorded the people themselves, their views of living in the area and allowed them a message for the people of 2110 in Stoke-on-Trent’s bi-centenary. This current project is an extension of ‘Portraits of the Potteries’ and the purpose of which is to look at the religious views of the current population, I plan to record the beliefs of members of the public today for posterity.
Martin Elliott photojournalist
Martin is photojournalist with over 20 years experience working in the media, he currently works as a freelance photojournalist and lectures in photojournalism at Staffordshire University on a part-time basis.