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In his latest body of work, Sheffield-based photographer Darren O’Brien documents two developing communities in his home city, as gentrification takes hold.
The images reveal the changing face of Sharrow Vale and the city’s Antiques Quarter as an influx of new people move to the areas. But O’Brien isn’t concerned that Sheffield will lose its identity. He says: “Sheffield has a charm and sense of identity that is spread through the people that live and work here, it’s hard to identify, but if you’re in this city long enough, you begin to feel it.”
O’Brien moved to Sheffield around five years ago and so much has changed during that time. He adds: “It really seems that things have moved quickly. Sheffield feels like a place where people are trying to make things happen despite little help from the local council.”
Is Sheffield in danger of losing its soul? “What is interesting about these areas is that they still retain most of their original atmosphere,” he adds. “Sheffield is special. It has a pull on people.”
Now available in a new book, published by The History Press, Sharrow Vale & The Antiques Quarter by Darren O’Brien is available via thehistorypress.co.uk.