Photo Credit: Dominic Hawgood
This project explores a transitory area on the eastern circumference of London, a unique space that merges public and private boundaries with rural and city limits. Within its margins is a community juxtaposed by a suburban environment, the surroundings harbouring an underlying tension. An alternative history of the area uncovers this recurring theme as well as underground activities and a darker past.My interest here is in combining studio with location and blurring the boundaries so its impossible to separate the two, utilising a technical and cinematic approach that encroaches on the seductive, clean aesthetic of advertising. I have literally built these photos, taking inspiration from the filmic use of sets, backdrops and lighting, in an attempt to distort ones sense of reality. This series uses carefully selected sections of landscape as descriptive tools for an imagined whole, my aim being to take the essence of the area, distill its character and then reconstruct a personal understanding of the scene.