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Gone to the Dogs
Gone to the dogs is a body of work that has captured the inner workings, atmosphere, racing and the day to day maintenance of the Regal Stadium Dog Track in the City of Sunderland. The documentary project aims to show how a once national past- time (predominantly working class) and form of entertainment is slowly dying out, with the decline of Dog racing and closure of stadiums throughout the years. The documentary examined the different areas of the stadium, from the members bar, to the viewing gallery, down to the actual dog track below and also recording the roles each member of staff have to carry out, from the bar staff, down to security and dog handlers. The documentary shows a culture clash of how a traditional working mans past- time, struggles to adapt and survive in a modern era where times have inevitably moved on and changed. All images where taken with medium format 120mm black and white roll film. The film was 3200 iso, due to the banning of flash photography at the stadium and also the fast film speed gives a high contrast grain to the film that lends itself to the environment it was taken in, highlighting the variety of tones from inside the viewing gallery to the spotlit track below. The work was hand printed in the Darkroom, split graded on warm tone fibre based paper. Size of each image is 12 x 16".