Friday, May 26

Brighton Belongs to Me (2013) revisited.

This photo series is the result of about 30 daytrips I took to Brighton in 2013. It’s a place I know very well, having grown up in Sussex in the 1970s, and I lived in Brighton – not very successfully – in the 1990s.

The project is important to me because it was a rare occasion where I had a strong idea about how I wanted the collection of photos to end up, and the atmosphere I was looking for, and I keep coming back to the photos I took in 2013.

I was examining the town from the point of view of the long-term residents – the everyday experiences and scenes that confront Brighton residents. I wasn’t so interested in the tourist view of Brighton – the seaside, piers, amusements, blue sky days, and entertainment that you can find in abundance by Googling for images of Brighton.

As the project evolved, I found myself coming back to Keith Waterhouse’s phrase that “Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their inquiries”.


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