I've followed the lives
of several people within a 3 mile radius of the Market Town that I
live in Dereham, East Anglia for the past 3 years. The trust and
access those participating bestowed upon me is the reason you see
these pictures here now.
Over the course of working on these
stories many situations have arisen and been documented, isolation,
poverty, drug abuse, homelessness, self harm, mental illness,
juvenile crime, epilepsy though for myself the over riding
experience has been one of endurance in spite of the impossible walls
life often presents to us. Wall's that box us in, wall's that
separate us, wall's to climb to be set free.
of images is a brief look within these documented lives and the resulting stories from the last 2 months. Lives lived
in the U.K. Lives lived in the now. Lives lived within times of much
change. As the cultural, political and economic landscape changes
these stories depict the final destination for the results of many of
those high up and far away decisions and influences. These images
depict the full stop of the Welfare State cuts, Housing Benefit cuts,
Health cuts, loopholes and failures of systems and what happens when
the heart of a community is slowly eroded. These images also depict
the lives of those hanging on, bowed yet not broken, of lives where a
fight to survive is very real. Fighting apathy, addiction, fighting
loneliness, illness all the while clinging to self respect, adrift in
the community, in life, but not yet lost.
Your community is
exactly that, yours. Everyone has their story. I hope you'll make
time to visit the 'Small Town Inertia
' site and read the interviews
and testimony of the people that have given so much to appear in
these images, their stories are all that count.