Local Photographer Releases Zine On Back Alleys Of Peterborough

Since moving to Peterborough 13 years ago, photographer Kevin Collins has been fascinated by the back alleys in the downtown core.

"Most of these alleys are only accessed by discrete tunnels or 'holes in the wall' and open up into a whole other world," Collins says on his website introducing the "Backwater" series, which has been released in zine format (more on that below). "In spring 2017, I set out to try and capture downtown Peterborough from a different perspective."

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

"While many of the buildings in downtown Peterborough have gone through multiple restorations and renovations over the years, the backsides of these buildings are relatively untouched," Collins writes.

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

"Many of these areas are covered in graffiti, and held together with crumbling bricks, rotten wood and corrugated sheet metal, and in that, I’ve attempted to capture the dilapidated beauty of these nooks and crannies and that they still function as part of local business or provide living accommodations," says Collins.

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

"I wanted to capture downtown Peterborough differently than most of the other photos I've seen," Collins tells PTBOCanada. "We walk by these alleys and corridors everyday and never give them a second thought. To try and convey some of the grit, all the photos were shot on black and white film."

Below are a few more of the photos Collins took in the series, which has been released in a new zine called Backwater that you can order a copy of by clicking here

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

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