She is the wander, rambler, strolling player. Sometimes she would like to be a settler, but, curiosity...and disaffection forbid it.
Swallowing Geography, Deborah Levey
My work focuses on documenting and sharing stories from the streets mainly through the visual culture of the walls, abandoned places and found objects. I have a special interest in the ephemeral landscape found in urban spaces which I trace through photographing graffiti, sign-painting and street art.
I fuse together photography and walking to discover alternative ways to navigate and think about places, exploring themes connected to ‘freedom, memory and space’. I use documentary photography within this context to connect with the streets and to record the stories that are written on the walls.
As a visual artist, I am interested in using alternative photographic processes and other printing methods to share my photographic work such as cyanotype and screen-printing, self-publishing zines.
I have a Masters in Public Health and extensive experience of working with communities for more than twenty years in the public sector mainly on projects that tackle a range of inequalities and social issues.
My other work includes being the founder of a community arts initiative based in Birmingham, UK called Ghost Streets. I am passionate about working with local communities to explore how art can help us to re-imagine our public spaces and bring people together.
Current project is looking at how art may help transform the Hockley Flyover a large concrete overpast (A41) in Birmingham. Read more about the Hockley Flyover Project here
Hand-painted Jamaica (2018-ongoing) - is a long term documentary photography project that explores the visual landscape of Jamaica. There are two limited-edition zines that accompany the series available here.
Birmingham Ghost Signs (2011-2020)- photographic survey of extant hand-painted ghost signs painted on brick walls in Birmingham, UK. A collection of ten monochrome screen-prints shown in The Fading City Exhibition (see below) and zine accompanies the series available here.
Gone Mining (2020) - work in progress that explores Cornish mining through the family album and found objects to see what this may reveal about personal, social & political issues that are connected to mining.
Big Tings a Gwaan Down Di Street, (April 2019) The Old Print Works, Birmingham, UK.
The Faded City, (March 2020) The Hive, New Standard Works, Birmingham, UK.
Lots of Sign: Jamaican Dancehall Signs, (June 2020) virtual exhibition.
Published regularly on Tumblr available at Tracey Thorne.