Discovering the Peri-Urban Interface

What does Peri-urban really mean to people?

by Stewart Wall August 3rd 2021

On August 2nd I hosted a zoom meeting with members of the Royal Photographic Society who have shown an interest in doing their own projects that visualise the concept of the Peri-Urban. The meeting created some lively discourse and I hope to see some fascinating projects, and one of those conversations revolved around the term ‘Peri-Urban. Ange Edwards, an academic in her own right reported she had spoken to half a dozen friends, and non of them had heard of the term before, and Mark Flatman, a Chartered Town Planner suggested that ‘Urban Fringe’ might be more appropriate. I’m going to spend some time thinking this through, although my early reading suggests that there is a lot more to the term ‘Peri-Urban’ when we apply research to it, especially when we add ‘interface’ to the term.

Figure 3 is a screen grab from a 2003 paper by Adriana Allen titled ‘Environmental planning and management of the peri-urban interface: perspectives on an emerging field’ during which she writes “the Peri-Urban interface has significant implications, not only for the livelihoods and quality of life of those who live in these areas but also for the sustainability of urban and rural development. This is because the ecological, economic and social functions performed by and in the peri-urban interface affect both the city and the countryside”, which leads me to think that how we look at the Peri-Urban Interface is a really important consideration, and some form of measurement, or criteria is vital. I need to consider some secondary research questions, and consider how they might help understand the Peri-Urban Interface more.

Camera towards Lincoln

Camera towards Lincoln

They say Lincolnshire is flat, although I guess the name ‘Waterhills’ suggests its not. 

We decided to take a drive and a walk to get some images overlooking the land where Waterhills is situated and found a vantage point on the Riby Road (A1173) just a few hundred yards off the Grimsby Road (A46).

When I write ‘vantage point’ the views were stunning, but with fields full of corn and the hills being in a dip we could not see evidence of them at all. It is not surprising the Romans built a garrison at Caistor .

Although there is very little evidence of The Romans being at Caistor now, other than things like a blue heritage plaque on a metal fence in front of what was part of the Roman wall near St Peter and St Paul Church there has been a lot of research made into their times. For example click here

  • All images taken with the Fuji X-Pro 2 and 35mm f2 lens.
  • Composed in camera as square images
  • Only the slightest post-production applied

Caistor Market 5AM

Caistor Market 5AM

The first stall sets up

From a CREATED-in-CAMERA street photography walk.

A few days ago one of my favourite street photographers, the French women who lives in America wrote to me to talk about the concept of Contemplative Photography, if you haven’t seen her work click here and have a look, but remember to come back here afterwards, don’t please forget me. Valerie links this concept with Objet du Jour which means ‘Object of the day’ and also ‘Object of the light’.

I was thinking about Contemplative photography as I went for a 5am walk this Saturday. When you read further into the concept it is also referred to as ‘Miksang’ a Tibetan word meaning ‘Good Eye’, although I’m never sure what people mean by having a good eye as I believe photography comes from many different aspects, and the eye is simply the servant of those things.

I spoke to the lady on the lone market stall, to ask if she was okay for me to take photographs, and she said she was. I asked her if it was going to be a busy market that day, but she said she only knew that she was there, and she would find out who was going to share the space with her, when they turned up.

As I walked through the town I watched the Caistor birds play. The moon kept popping out from the behind the clouds. The real sky was not so blue as how I saw it to be.

  • All images taken with the Fuji X-Pro 2 and 35mm f2 lens.
  • Composed in camera as square images
  • Only the slightest post-production applied