Whilst working on ‘Trace’ I started to notice the ubiquitous blue pen that you find in your local Argos or Coral gambling shop. They were being used to fasten the street bin bags within a mile radius of my home. I was interested in the ingenuity of this action by the local street cleaner - a simple but effective solution. By honing in on this repetitive action I was interested to show one man, leaving his personal mark.
‘Trace’ is a photographic documentation of the detritus found on the streets in my neighbourhood in London. I like think of these man made objects as artefacts from the year 2015-17. Treated like pieces of evidence, they are not moved, but photographed as found; at close range, magnified, isolating them from their wider surroundings. Graphic and colourful, they draw the viewer in for further investigation. The different textures of concrete giving us an indication of their urban location. Through piecing together these fragments, remains and residue, 'Trace' builds a portrait of us and our daily interaction with our environment - reflecting back an image of ourselves through the things we discard or leave behind.
On the street's of Vietnam the Monobloc table and chair are an integral part of the landscape. Each morning the street vendors lay them out in new formations. They serve the Vietnamese workers, friends and lovers.
I photographed the Monobloc's as i found them. They reminded me of working, functioning, transitory installations. I was interested in the absence of people, that brief moment between the furniture being used. In this moment the different pieces of furniture seem to take on their own character.