Edges Of The City
Edges Of The City has been the second and again brilliant experience of our Photowrap workshop.
This journey too has been full of exciting new stories produced by students from many different parts of the world.
We had the honour of receiving the wisdom of three very special "Special Guest Reviewers", photographer Helene Binet, Johanna Neurath from Thames & Hudson and Kate Edwards from The Guardian Weekend Magazine. They have contributed with heartfelt input giving their intelligent views on the students work and precious in-sights of the photographic industry.
The theme has been a tough one, but Sonia, Valerie, Richard, Mike, Del and Daniel have proven to be tougher than the task and full of passion towards this splendid practice of documentary photography.
Please take your time to look at the work of the new breed of Photowrappers, as I am extremely proud of what they achieved and I think that their stories could teach us something new.
Between the Rivers
and the City
Between the Rivers and the City
This project documents street level life within a two-mile radius of the California State Capitol. My purpose is not to over-explain the images or use them to support a written narrative, but instead to use environmental portraiture to convey the feeling of place around the capitol for one of the largest economies in the world. The legislature occupies the core of the city and volatile rivers prone to flooding define the edges. These photographs show the people living in between these features.
As she stands alone watching the distant perspective of urban development, she needs to tell another story. She dreams of urban autochromes. Softening reality lines. Starting from her intimate jetty. Imagination. Having a vision of how the city feels, rather than the way it looks. Intuitive lines. Blurring the boundaries of space and time, floating edges of sensations and perceptions displayed between light and darkness. Man dissolving in his environment, a territory of unyielding dreams and lost hopes. Telling the universal stories of many souls passing by, or a whole life in episodes of light and love fighting the reality of death. The work of memory. Photographing the city from the inner edges of the soul.
Edge of Rabat
Rabat sits on two edges: The Bou Regreg river and the Atlantic Ocean. Where river, ocean and city meet, the edge of the city is visible in people living, working and relaxing. My photos try to capture the feeling of these places and the life of those who spend time there.
People of Balham: An
Edge of London
People of Balham: An Edge of London
Balham is a neighbourhood of south London where urban London edges into the suburbs. In a radio comedy sketch it was satirised as “Balham gateway to the South….”. Today this multicultural area has an edgy quality provided by its large immigrant population from Poland, Africa, and the Indian sub-continent.
Edge of the Market
This is Ridley Road Market in Dalston, a rapidly changing inner city area in north east London. Despite the arrival of many new bars, cafes and niche shops in recent years, the area is still very much defined by this chaotic, frenetic and dynamic street market which was first established in the 1880s. As the make up of commerce changes in Dalston and the surrounding area, the market seems increasingly on the edge of modern day consumerism. This project gives a new perspective to this much loved and yet increasingly marginal space, exploring the view from behind the stalls.
“To have the edge on” means to have an advantage over. In the current climate, when most are having to cut back on their spending, there are many who do not have to worry about tightening their Armani belts. The word “austerity” has no place in their lexis. This photo essay provides a glimpse into the world of those who have this edge.