For many years I’ve been a member of an artist’s co-op called Warrior Studios: housed in a railway arch in Loughborough Junction, South London it’s home to a dozen artists. Warrior is where I keep my chemical darkroom. Although I’ve been an absentee member for several years, recently I’ve been welcomed back into the fold and invited to take part in one of the group shows organised by the co-op.
One of the areas of London that’s changed the radically during the 30 years I’ve lived here has been Bankside. When I came to London it was an area that was pretty much deserted – films like The Long Good Friday used it as a gangland setting and it was a place where artists like Derek Jarman could occupy massive waterside lofts for a few pounds a week.
Here are some more pictures from my project on the way tourists in London use photography. These were shot around Buckingham Palace on a sunny afternoon in August when nothing special was happening, no trooping of the colour or state visits. But there were still plenty of people snapping away.
For the last year or so I’ve been mingling with tourists and photographing them as they take pictures of the sights they’re seeing.
Several photographers and writers – Martin Parr and Susan Sontag for starters – have written or said some fairly snitty things about tourists and photography. A common theme is that people are so busy taking pictures that they’re not really looking at where they are or that people take the same pictures from the same place as everyone else. I started this project with the idea of exploring and expanding on those thoughts but after a couple of shoots I was forced to change my mind.