ABOUT

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 that explore the ephemeral landscape found in streets and urban spaces. With a particular interest in photographing sign-painting, street art and graffiti around the world.

 

I fuse together photography and walking to discover alternative ways to navigate and think about places, exploring themes connected to ‘freedom 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.


In 2018 I founded Ghost Streets CIC which delivers community arts projects in Birmingham, the UK connected around themes to do with public spaces, identity and community. I have a Masters in Public Health and significant experience of working with communities.  

Projects

 

Hand-painted Jamaica - a documentary photography project that explores the visual landscape of Jamaica through sign-painting, street art and graffiti found across the Island. The original work included interviews with contemporary sign and mural artists in five of Jamaica's parishes and represents the only photographic survey of Jamaican sign-painting. The work led to the first-ever exhibition on Jamaican signs, street art and graffiti held in the UK in April 2019.

 

The initial project received a grant from Arts Council England. The ambition is to continue to make a record of the changing streets in Jamaica over the next five years - work in progress.   

Ghost Signs of Birmingham - currently working on using silk screening printing and photography to share stories about old advertising ghost signs found in Birmingham. These signs were painted by hand by a sign-painter direct to the brickwork of the wall. Although they were always meant to be temporary some of these signs found in Birmingham are more than 100 years old. They provide an important visual record of who worked in these buildings, what they were used for and services or products once sold.

 

The surviving signs also providing a way to explore the art and craft of sign-writing which was once a dominant form of sign production in the city.

 

The project seeks by exploring using a silkscreen printing process to create a unique collection of images of Ghost Signs found in Birmingham. The project is supported by Arts Council England. 

Ghost signs of Birmingham talk for PechaKucha night 20 slides in 20 seconds, July 2019. 

Exhibitions

Big Tings a Gwaan Down Di Street, (April 2019) The Old Print Works, Birmingham, UK. 

Tracey Thorne

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