Presence

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. 

Pinky Promise

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PERFORMED JUNE 10TH 7,30PM SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE

What is friendship? And what does it take to be an adult? Jo, Mary and Steph are stumbling through their 20s, spending every day filing complaints in a mundane London office. Meeting in primary school, the three girls have stuck by each others side through thick and thin. From first loves to STI’s, we invite you to join the girls on their rocky journey to adulthood.

“I only learnt recently that apparently we have three holes?”

Pinky Promise is a relatable and warm exploration of female friendship. It’s a character driven comedy, highlighting the dynamics between the three women, Steph knows what’s best, Mary has a job to do and Jo is just wondering what infection she’ll get next. When different personalities meet, can pinky promises truly be kept?

“Did you do anal?”
“No.”
“Have you ever done it?”

Eradication

Jamie is a photographer from North Wales, UK. Spending the past few years in London as a student has spurred him to develop various bodies of work about his home location, through using industrialisation and landscapes as his subject drawing on their history.

Eradication is a project documenting the disused Great Western Railway (GWR) Bala to Blaenau Ffestiniog line in Snowdonia, North Wales. The railway was built to try and capitalise on the slate industry in the 1870s which also served an extremely remote area and opened the door on a new and distant world for the local communities.

As traffic on the line decreased, the railway was decommissioned in order to construct a reservoir in the valley of Tryweryn to bring water to the population of Liverpool. Despite campaigning, 48 of 67 people lost their homes along with the village of Capel Celyn. Known as one of the most controversial construction projects in Welsh history, there is a resentment to the flooding of the valley and eradication of their village which was one of the last monoglot Welsh speaking communities.

The photographs have been captured by walking approximately nine and a half miles of the line where it was at is most remote, documenting the track bed which has been reclaimed by nature since its closure, and also highlighting the environment and evidence of current usage of the land.

www.jamiegeorgestevens.com

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