'Fitting In. Standing Out.' - Rough Trade East exhibits
My latest work - 'Fitting in. Standing Out.' has got itself some airtime! Rough Trade East will be showing the work in their coffee shop throughout July and I’m really happy it’s found it’s first home here.
In 18th London, coffeehouses occupied the center of urban life and played a huge part in creating a distinctive social culture. People got together to discuss, and debate pretty much everything and they played a key role in the explosion of change back then. The Coffee stirrers and what they stand for will be quite at home here as the work is intended to create a bit of internal debate!
My aim is to work with writers to produce a body of work that is not just about identity but is also about language and how we interpret/translate, words/objects and their meanings as indicators of social status character, class etc..
I want to make a series of photographs linked to the profile below about an unidentified person written by the police/missing persons’ bureau that describes the case.
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PhotoVoice is a charity with a mission to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalised communities. They use innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods so that these communities have the opportunity to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communications to achieve positive social change.
Yesterday I spent the day with PV learning how to facilitate those kind of photography workshops. It was an amazing experience led by an amazing and compassionate charity that are making a huge difference to people’s lives.
Quite often when making art it can feel redundant when you don’t work through to ‘shipping it’ i.e. giving it an audience through exhibition or publication etc..
Quite often, making a point you have through photography about a social situation or a cool idea you have, can feel pathetically indulgent and unfinished.
Photovoice is really leveraging the strength of the medium and not only producing great photography, but pushing the medium much further and achieving incredible life changing outcomes for people.
Just found a photography blog which featured my work earlier this year. Lots of beautiful photography blogged about on there. Deffinitely worth a look. I feel honoured to be placed along side it so thank you Monochrome!
Recently spent some time in Jersey shooting Lloyd and his band. We got some great stuff. Will post a few soon but in the meantime check out an image from the shoot on The Grassroots Festival site. You can catch Lloyd playing there this weekend!