Presence

Tom Chaplin

Presence is an ongoing photographic project which documents and explores the Lympstone Gardens estate in Peckham, at night. This project is my photographic expression of the place that I live, presenting the area as one of life and individualism. Initially drawn to the aesthetics of the area at night, due to the contrasting colours, lights and buildings, I quickly became drawn to the essentially empty, yet life-filled scenes before me. This fascination led me to capturing the environment around me, focusing on the spaces of transience which mediate our movement between experiences; walkways, carparks and stairways. The project has become an urban sublime exploration of a space regularly labeled as intimidating or unfriendly and became important to me that this place is documented and promoted as I see it as both a photographer but also as a resident. It is a place of dense multiculturalism, family and homes. As a romanticist view of this world, I hope to instill the awe and beauty I see in somewhere which could be considered simple and mundane.

This work is being exhibited as part of a group show 'Here, Now' at FreeRange, June 21-25th 2018.

*South Bank Collective helped to fund this project through a student bursary.