A Dead Man In Deptford incorporates members of the community of Deptford and their views on the impending threat of gentrification, whilst concurrently portraying my own journey in coming to terms with this pivotal moment in the transformation of my birthplace. Like the processes I use to capture my subjects, the images reiterate a romantic fascination with the past, a want to preserve the present and a denial of the imminent. The series takes on a rhythmic nature, which echoes the process of making the work and the journey of self-reflection. The photographs guide us through the industry and energy that characterizes and identifies Deptford, presenting us with the market, local businesses and the Arts, as well as the juxtaposition between the developing and the decaying.
Overall, the work does suggest something about the unholy union of money and local government. In this sense Deptford is a microcosm for the gentrification that has and is about to take place throughout London in the 21st century. At the same time, the book captures the journey of researching and making through my own interspersed thoughts and scribbled documentation of encounters with a number of Deptford residents, many of whom I have known since I was a small child. The project was conceived from a personal desire to respond to the planned billion-pound development of Convoys Wharf, therefore the view of Deptford is entirely my own and never pretends to attain the truth of documentation. It is of importance that my presence is always merely suggested but never confirmed.
A collaboration of artists; Tom Caron-Delion and Gaurab Thakali, this project presents work accumulated and created in Nepal in the aftermath of the recent earthquakes. Gaurab, an illustrator and printmaker returned to his country of origin to explore his native landscape, interpreting the scenery in drawings, which have been turned into a series of colourful large-scale screen-prints. Gaurabs recognisable style of illustration is an art that he developed in London and this is where the conversation between artists and cultures is presented. Tom Caron-Delion, a photographer whose work often revolves around communities in South London has produced a series of photographs which compliment and assist Gaurabs prints, referencing the same Landscapes and documenting the act of making work.
The two artists also sought to leave an imprint of London culture in Nepal. They approached this through skateboarding, appropriating the Nepalese architecture by skateboarding on previously un-skated areas of the city and tracking down a small community of skateboarders which was already thriving. These figures, among others, appear throughout the series and symbolise the goodwill and strength of the Nepalese people who, in the aftermath of the earthquake, and in the middle of a political embargo, enforced on the Indian border, show the tenacity to keep moving forward. Tom’s photographs present a time in a place of great unrest but of a people who were eager to welcome the Artists into their community.
The book of 'Thik Cha' which feature both the photographs and the illustrations is available to buy here
I was commisioned by the BBC to make a series of Photographs of five young female 'spoken word' poets to be released in conjunction with five short films. Each poet performed a piece that they had written which was then turned into a film. The films have been released on BBC Iplayer along with my images, which have been used for the thumbnails, as well as in an online gallery on the BBC website. The images I made have also been used for the press release for the films and have been featured on the Dazed & Confused website.
A selection of photographs from the Streets of London which have not been used in various projects yet.