Portrait of Britain WINNER 2019!
It's Thursday 29th August '19 and I'm very happy to announce that I've been selected to appear in this years Portrait of Britain, created by the British Journal of Photography. Not only that, but I've been announced as one of the final winning photographers with images also appearing in the screen-exhibition taking place around the country throughout September.
The full selection of images have been published in a beautiful book by Hoxton Mini Press.
In a time of worldwide unrest, I choose not to dig into the political climate as such. I place my own focus on the world I see crumbling in front of me. Alongside a study into the beauty in decay, I place an observational approach to storytelling. The study has led me to produce a short film “Two tickets, please?” which gained official selection at The London Short Film Festival this year. I continue to delve into the decaying world, through my own Foto-Diary and long-standing focus on the changing British landscape.
My sitter is Simon Pritchard, I've worked with Simon many times over the past couple of years.
Simon is ‘The Cinema Man’. Here he sits, in a (now empty) projection room of an independent cinema called 'The Hollywood'. In a time where popular culture is changing in front of our eyes, movie theatres are disappearing thick and fast, Simon sits and waits for his movie to start.
He lives by the movies which inspired him from a young age. Now painting film-posters for a living, he’s very much inspired by the screen-stars of a time gone by. You can view Simon's work on any social media format, under the name Artbeat.
See the shortlist and winners at the following link: http://gallery.portraitofbritain.uk/
Special thanks to the BJP, and 1854 for your encouragement, and of course to Simon himself, for without whom I wouldn't have captured the snapshot that stares right back at you.