You’d be forgiven for thinking that all I do is take pictures of people (with the exception of a couple of products here and there) you’d be right in some ways. very generally speaking I get commissioned to shoot people, often performing some sort of action – however, like anyone of an artistic bent, I like to follow my muse when I can and it often leads me down quite a different path.
On this occasion I was taken first to a subject matter: London. It was around the time I was looking to buy a house with my better half (although I think I’m right in saying that she is constantly looking to buy a house and always has been since we met 13 years ago). I was told that property prices in London ‘breathe’ geographically speaking. What the irritating estate agent was trying to say was that economic trends cause a neighbourhoods house prices to wax and wane over arbitrary periods of time.
This visual representation of the market interested me. Of course at the time the annoying estate agent was trying to convince us to buy something we couldn’t afford under the conniving promise that we could sell it at a profit before anyone noticed – it was like 2008 never happened.
It got me to thinking. I like the idea that an area of land can suddenly be considered desirable after being unfit for civil society only moments before (read:Hoxton). As a way of visualising these invisible boundaries took myself down the Thames Estuary.
‘Why the Thames?’ I hear nobody say. Well for years the Thames has held an interest for me, if London truly was a breathing lung then the Thames would be its Pulmonary. It has existed, almost unchanged, long before we got here and will go on long after we leave (I’m speculating here, but you get the idea). It’s serves as a constant reminder to Londoners that they live in a sea-faring nation and their city was born due to its existance.
You don’t need to drive far out of London to see that even today it still serves as a busy shipping lane, and you really don’t need to drive much further to see it also acts as a beauty-spot – and it is this duality which I decided to explore though a series of photos.
I should also point out that these images are on sale, as limited edition prints at Columbia Road Gallery.