Peter Spurgeon completed the MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales (Newport) in 2016.
His passion for photography goes back to his childhood, when he was fascinated by cameras as objects and by the technical aspects of making photographs. He enjoyed learning how to develop black and white film and print images in the school darkroom.
The London Independent Photography (LIP) group introduced him to the idea of making a series of images rather than individual ones. This led him to embark on 2 projects about places in transition. The 'Lifelines' project documents linear urban features which have taken on a different purpose to that for which they were designed. The Greenway in London is an embankment which contains the Northern Outfall Sewer. Its surface is now a footpath and cycle track, part of which runs through the Olympic Park. His images captured it just as the Olympic construction work began and again as the stadium neared completion. His next project examined a village called Sipson which is adjacent to London Heathrow Airport. It has been threatened with demolition due to the construction of a third runway. He contacted the local community and photographed long-standing residents in their homes. He also recorded protests, the village and the surrounding area. Several issues were explored including the threat to individual residents and their property, the environmental impacts of an additional runway and the economic arguments on both sides.
The Childhood project documents toys and other family objects. As well as a personal record of well-loved items prior to their disposal, the project invites the viewer to consider wider themes around memory, hoarding, family relationships and consumerism.
Photographic darkroom equipment that belonged to his father is explored in the Darkroom project.
Official and unofficial food growing spaces are explored in the Lisbon Allotments project.
His current Decoy project explores the theme of theatricality in war. The images evoke the visual deception employed in a secret British Air Ministry project. Fires, electric lights and fake planes were used to divert German bombing away from the intended targets. My images are made at night at former bombing decoy sites.
CV & Education
Peter Spurgeon is a documentary photographer based in Bristol, UK.
Tel: +44 7968 210533
2016 MA Documentary Photography (Distinction), University of South Wales (Newport)
2017 PHOTOMASTERS MA Exhibition, The Old Truman Brewery, London
2017 Encontros da Imagem, Discovery Award collective projection, Braga
2017 ESPY Photography Award, Swansea
2017 Nominated, PhotogrVphy Grant (Conceptual)
2017 Shortlisted for the ESPY Photography Award
2017 Shortlisted for the Remote Photo Festival series competition
2016 Selected for Source MA Graduate Photography Online
2017 Encontros da Imagem Discovery Award catalogue
2017 London Independent Photography magazine
2016 Source Magazine Graduate Photography
2017 Illustrated talk about the Decoy project, London Metropolitan Archives