‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right’

I am very pleased to have been invited to participate in the collaborative photography project ‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right’,  14 photographers have been selected to respond to Simon Armitages’ book of the same name with the resulting work scheduled for exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield from April 2013.

I have been steadily researching what to do for this project and not really been that inspired by just visiting some of the service stations. I have a strong childhood memory of visiting a service station next to the old Severn Bridge and will be visiting it at some point to make some photos.

Whilst researching though and with a link to the architecture of that time, I have become interested in some of the postcards that i have come across.

In the late ’60s Forte (one of the companies that opened a chain of service stations) celebrated Britain’s new-found love of motorways and service stations by, along with the other operators, selling postcards to advertise them. In the 60’s and 70s Motorway Service stations were seen as an exciting place to go to and have a meal, a ‘Final Destination in their own right’.