This interactive exhibition is the culmination of a four year documentary photographic exploration of Divinity Road, one the longest, most transient and diverse streets in the country where I have lived for the past 35 years.
The results can be seen as a reflection of the society we live in; a street that has got both richer and poorer at the same time. It records over 120 households (and their pets) living on the street, as well as the Co-op store which hosts it; events from Brexit to Covid; and the granularity of the street from abandoned food to overlooked drain covers. Joyful, challenging, participative, an opportunity for residents to have their say. Join them!
I am a socially engaged documentary photographer, specialising in what is sometimes known as 'long form documentary practice'. This means that I immerse myself in the subject over a long period, sometimes a few weeks, sometimes as with this exhibition, over a few years, and in one case I have been working on it for over 30 years. My first exhibition was in 1991 but I have only recently been spending significant amounts of time on photography. I had my first two photobooks published in 2021: 'Wear a mask! Oxford pandemic portraits' (Signal Books) and 'English Worker Co-operative Movement 1980s' (Cafe Royal Books). I am a member of the Oxford Photographers Group.