Landscapes behind glass. The movements are repetitive and the body is drifting.
Walking around Hove in June and July, 2015, taking photos of my neighbourhood. Deep summer shadows shaped the quiet streets The first image shows Blatchington Road reflected in the tiles outside of the Co-op. I like how the speckles in the tiles appear to pattern the shop fronts.
My contribution to Photo Fringe 2020 flowed from my experiences of walking through green spaces in Brighton & Hove—experiences amplified by the events of 2020. I’ve been thinking about inner and outer landscapes, and the sensations of being left to yourself.
I’ve been walking along a ribbon of land called The Three Cornered Copse. Hove Council bought it from the Marquis of Abergavenny in 1935, having borrowed £1,524. The copse rises up the Northern slope of the Goldstone Valley, passes between the back gardens of the big houses on Woodland Drive and Woodland Avenue, and emerges near […]
‘…The act of taking photographs on our journeys felt like a gathering of evidence, allowing us to capture contemporary echoes of past events, locations and people. …These places are landmarks.’ From the foreword to “Brighton’s Outskirts — people, place, community’. Inspired by the stories we read in QueenSpark Books’ archives, I took photographs at locations […]
Dog groomers and their clients Some dogs are nervous and are calmed by gentle communication. Some groomers sing to their charges. An owner might bring in a ‘thank you’ card or a gift for the salon owner’s dog, and feel they are part of a community.
Portland Road stretches from Sackville Road in Hove to Boundary Road in Portslade. You could pick up most things you need along here. Heading towards Boundary Road, Portland Road becomes more residential until nearer Portslade Railway Station. The traffic can be heavy sometimes. Commercial enclaves like Portland Road keep neighbourhoods alive.
Straight down from Brighton Railway Station—between Palace Pier and West Pier, and east towards Kemptown.
Summer grasses against a wall in Stoneham Park; a window in Poets Corner; curtains inside a camper van; a toy in Book Nook; a laundrette on Blatchington Road and a doll in a charity shop on Portland Road.
Meeting up at St Andrew’s Church to sing together and be inspired by each other—without the religion.