Grain Store. From the project, 'HS2 Walk the Line'

Photograph by

Toby Smith (UK)

About this image

The controversial plans for the High Speed Railway (HS2), connecting London to Birmingham and beyond, inspired a personal photographic project to address my own questions, concerns and curiosity about the scheme. Using OS Maps to follow the exact route, I have now covered every mile from London to Birmingham. Shooting, walking and camping for 5-10 days at a time, over 10 weeks, enabled me to follow narratives and a visual trail whilst spending time within the affected communities.