LIFE NOW Robert Law

Robert Law: documentary photographer based in Wales in the UK #lifenow #lifenowchloejuno

CJ: I have followed Rob’s work for a while and when I saw this image by Rob right away I was smitten, I loved the feelings coming out of the photograph. I have a book Field Studies Stephen Gill and there is a whole series on ‘Trolley Women’. It’s a set of photos that has always stayed within my visual memory. When I saw Rob’s portrait from Holyhead the work came to mind. Many photographers find it hard to approach people and then to ask, to take their photograph, I knew Rob was rising to the challenge, here’s what he had to say.

RL: I met Mary as she was talking to a friend near a row of terraced houses in the coastal town of Holyhead, Anglesey. I'm currently documenting the town as part of a project that examines a very overlooked community that continues to be economically challenged. In common with many other seaside communities, Holyhead voted to leave the EU, despite being in receipt of generous grants and being a major gateway to the Republic of Ireland. Maybe by taking an honest look at the town we can start to decode the paradox?

So much of my work looks to portray the beauty in the everyday, the banal, even. I also look for anything remotely quirky and Mary’s large, flowery trolley really caught my eye. Before my visit to the town that day I’d already made a firm decision to get out of my comfort zone and include more people in my project. I’m so glad I did and quickly realised that by engaging with people, the rewards were amazing, offering great insight and revealing interesting lives and history. As a photographer, I’ve got back at least ten times what I’ve put in by overcoming my trepidation and meeting people. It’s so enriching. And how could a serious documentary project not include the local people in its scope?

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I approached Mary and told her a little bit about my project and would it be alright to take her portrait? She happily accepted straight away, but on condition she could tell me a little about herself first.

A chat with Mary revealed an interesting life. She’d left nursing in London and felt a religious calling. Among her adventures was a trip she’d decided to make of her own volition to Albania when it was effectively a closed country, to bring children’s books to schools. She did this completely alone, with some initial difficulty in getting there, but once there was warmly welcomed by local families who took her in.

We never got around to talking about what had led her to Holyhead, but she told me how active she was with her local church. Her friend told me how active Mary was in charitable work in the area.

I’m still inexperienced and slightly awkward when it comes to portraiture. I feel an embarrassed urge to hurry. Looking back, I’d have preferred to separate Mary a little from the background, but you can’t get away from the ubiquitous pebbledash in Holyhead and I guess that’s part of the narrative. I’ve since sent a brief letter and a small print to thank her for her time.

And just what was in that large, flowery trolley? Food for the local food bank.

To see how Rob’s work develops follow him with_the_grain_photo

 

 

aCurator 'Someone's Rubbish'


aCurator magazine is edited and published by images industry veteran Julie Grahame, and is designed to show off great photography in a clean, elegant environment. The aCurator audience includes editors, curators, art directors, and photographers. Launched in 2009, the magazine continues to fill a need for diverse, curated, quality content.

FEATURES, CHLOE JUNO: SOMEONE'S RUBBISH

A mere handful of images from the ever-increasing archive of photographs of rubbish seen on Chloe Juno's wanderings through Brighton and Hove, on England's south east coast. aCurator

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Avocado, Someone’s Rubbish, 2017. Looking at life now via the objects we discard. 4 years of photographs taken daily can be found on Chloe Juno Instagram

Elephant Gun Collective

I am spending some time as a guest curator with the guys at ELEPHANT GUN COLLECTIVE I was really pleased to be asked as I have been a fan of the work that they do since I found them on instagram. I have a very real passion for images of everyday people and thats something they love to share as well. So I have been busy scouting some of my favourite work being made across the globe. The portrait below is by Lorcan Finnegan - I think its just simply wonderful. I trained to be a hairdresser in my teens; I really was not good at the cutting side of things but loved colouring hair and spent hours making the foils for hair, used like the lady below. Back then you could smoke in the salon, and I remember sitting with the ladies and chatting away with them untill it was time to wash the foils off. This image just hits the nail on the head, with character, colour and compostion. I will share more about Elephant Gun soon!

‘DUBLIN FACES’   Street Photography by  @lorcanfinnegan  copyright  Lorcan Finnegan  filmmaker /  #dublinfaces  series a set of characters from the city of Dublin, Ireland.

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Street Photography by @lorcanfinnegan copyright Lorcan Finnegan filmmaker / #dublinfaces series a set of characters from the city of Dublin, Ireland.

Top Right -  Gav Robinson  ‘The Corner’ Hyde Park London  Middle Right -  Andrew Johnston  Street Photography Belfast  Bottom Right -  Greame Oxby  ‘The Kings of England’  https://www.graemeoxby.com/  Book Blue Coat Press

Top Right - Gav Robinson ‘The Corner’ Hyde Park London

Middle Right - Andrew Johnston Street Photography Belfast

Bottom Right - Greame Oxby ‘The Kings of England’ https://www.graemeoxby.com/ Book Blue Coat Press

PHOTOGRAD

PHOTOGRAD SELECTIONS

Last year I was invited to select work by graduates that resonated with me, work that PHOTOGRAD had already featured on their page. I found some wonderful work https://www.photograd.co.uk/chloe-juno/ Clear Cut by Christoph Soeder was a body of work I was already familiar with having featured on Documenting Britain Instagram Thank you PHOTOGRAD for asking me.

These selections were made by Chloe Juno, creative consultant, artist, curator, co-lead Documenting Britain, curator Fishing Quarter Gallery in Brighton.

Clear Cut by  christophsoeder.com/ttsgalerie/clear-cut/   Christoph’s portraits just pop and jump out at you. I am a big fan of old Benetton colours magazines at the time when Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin were the photographers and Creative Directors. I can see this work sitting well within those publications. I love the use of the bright red background to bring out the faces of people after their haircuts. A simple approach that just works. I also enjoy the sense that something new has just finished and the anticipation of maybe wanting to get the cloak off and enjoy the new feeling of a haircut. The strategies that Christoph has employed enables the viewer to really focus in on the different styles portrayed in much more detail. It is an intriguing approach that encourages us to look at an everyday task such as going to the barbers, in a more graphic way.

Clear Cut by christophsoeder.com/ttsgalerie/clear-cut/

Christoph’s portraits just pop and jump out at you. I am a big fan of old Benetton colours magazines at the time when Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin were the photographers and Creative Directors. I can see this work sitting well within those publications. I love the use of the bright red background to bring out the faces of people after their haircuts. A simple approach that just works. I also enjoy the sense that something new has just finished and the anticipation of maybe wanting to get the cloak off and enjoy the new feeling of a haircut. The strategies that Christoph has employed enables the viewer to really focus in on the different styles portrayed in much more detail. It is an intriguing approach that encourages us to look at an everyday task such as going to the barbers, in a more graphic way.

Source: https://www.photograd.co.uk/chloe-juno/

Commonmcr Photo feature on Instagram

Thank you Luke Saxon and Stefan Byrom for featuring ‘ Someone’s Rubbish’ Brighton and Hove, 2015- 2019 on your brilliant page!

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Trip Magazine

A feature from 2016, I love the work Trip shows and was so excited to feature the rubbish. I was just getting into the flow of making the images, walking and exploring. It was so good to see them up as a whole feature. Thank you Dean Davies.

Someone’s Rubbish

Photographer and creative consultant, Chloe Juno documents discarded litter on the streets, parks and alleyways of Brighton, exploring the life experience of strangers in the detritus they leave behind http://tripmag.co.uk/someones-rubbish/

Curated by Dean Davies

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Source: http://tripmag.co.uk/someones-rubbish/

Fable & Folk interview

This was my first interview in 2018, talking about me and ‘Someone’s Rubbish’ and the work I do. It was really good to reflect and see all the images sit alongside my words. Thank you Charlotte.

IN CONVERSATION WITH CHLOE JUNO | DECEMBER 2018 Our next Fable & Folk interview is with Brighton based documentary photographer Chloe Juno. Her most iconic photographic work is “Someone’s Rubbish” – a long-term project documenting life in the UK through the objects people discard, specifically focusing on Brighton and Hove. As the images build, it paints a picture of a city, what people use to live, to work, for health, for food, for love, for money and then, throw away. Chloe is also known for her curation skills for both the “Documenting Britain” Instagram and the “Fishing Quarter Gallery” based in Brighton.

We wanted to interview Chloe as we think she is a fantastic example of one of the many strong female voices in the documentary photography industry and has many invaluable skills and indispensable experience to pass on to our audience.

 Fable and Folk Curated by Charlotte Cooper

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Drugs Bag, Someone's Rubbish, Brighton and Hove, 2018©chloejuno.jpeg
Source: https://fableandfolk.co.uk/interviews/

Acurator Feature: Wild Flowers, Cornwall, Britain.

I spend so much time working with documentary photography, my flowers and plants are a visual escape for me. soaking up all the colours of nature. Thank you Julie for giving the flowers a platform on www.acurator.com

Wild Flowers, Cornwall, Britain featured on acurator.com Over the past few years I have spent holiday time in a remote location in Cornwall.  Staying in an old chalet with rough paths down to secluded wild beaches.  On my walks up and down I started to photograph the flowers and plants with just my black scarf, a few hair clips and a swiss army knife.  I spend so much time working with documentary photography and living in a city that completely zoning in to the flowers is total escapism, noticing every bit of detail.  Taking photographs, surrounded by just nature. The sun, the wind, the sound of the crickets and birds and waves crashing down below. 

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aCurator magazine is edited and published by images industry veteran Julie Grahame, and is designed to show off great photography in a clean, elegant environment. The aCurator audience includes editors, curators, art directors, and photographers. Launched in 2009, the magazine continues to fill a need for diverse, curated, quality content.

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