As part of my ‘Ways of Seeing’ module, I was asked to look at the changing identity of Dundee as a city. As a newcomer to the city, I felt that as I am not familiar with the city as it has been in the past, I decided to visit the waterfront. This area is the site that is currently undergoing billions of pounds worth of regeneration, including the addition of a new V & A design museum right next to the site of RRS Discovery, a ship that is so historic to the city. After deciding that for now, this was going to be purely a photographic exploration of the identity of the city until I became more familiar with Dundee, the juxtaposition of the history and the future of the city on one location was perfect in illustrating the current identity of Dundee.
My journey along the waterfront then took me to an area of the city I had never visited before : the city quay. Sat bobbing in the water is the most beautiful boat, showing major signs of ageing in its rusted state. Surrounded by such modern buildings such as hotels and restaurants, it looked a little out-of-place. What I have come to notice about the city is that there are no areas that are strictly just modern or historic, both are such integral parts of Dundee’s identity that it’s all a bit mixed up and entwined with each other; they both have an equal standing in the city as it is today.