‘Wellington Folk’ – portrait of a Somerset town

A project to photograph the people of Wellington, Somerset


I live in the Somerset town of Wellington. It’s a modest town, nestled between the Blackdown Hills, Quantocks and low slopes of Exmoor.

Wellington’s not unlike many other small towns across the country. It has a rich historic core whilst being surrounded by modern development. Wellington’s a place of rich agricultural and industrial heritage. Textile production has left a substantial physical legacy in the form of brickwork, sheds and managed waterways.

Wellington Folk

Common to many towns, Wellington appears to walk a tight-rope between thriving and just about managing. There is a strong sense of community (evident during the recent COVID outbreak) and plenty of plucky independent shops, but many establishments have closed.

One thing is clear though that Wellington will continue its long history because of those who call it home and the contribution they make to the fabric of the place. And it is these people that I wanted to photograph for the project ‘Wellington Folk’.

The project is less about photography and more about the people of the town. The project aims to be representative of our community: those photographed are from all walks of life and the goal is to create an objective and visual historical record that will contribute to our community now and long into the future.

If you would like to take part in this unique project and give me just 30 minutes of your time for a picture then please get in touch. robin@orbitphotography.co.uk

Wellington Folk
Wellington Folk
Wellington Folk