I live in Plymouth. I have been here for the last seven years and think of it as my city.
Every day, all around me, people navigate the metropolis, noticing only what matters to them. They rarely venture into the back streets and the spaces that lay behind the main thoroughfares, and so remain oblivious to the many discarded objects that accumulate there. Yet it is precisely these overlooked details, suggesting something of the chaos of daily life and threatening to disrupt the facade of our supposedly well-ordered society, that attract my attention and define my sense of urban space.
Hometown Stories is a series of photographs taken while wandering through these out of the way spaces. There are no people in the pictures, but my world is profoundly human. In their absence, people are the unconscious characters of the social and psychological narratives that tend to emerge from the things I photograph.
And, overall, the photographs are also an intimate account of my effort to connect with a place I feel I belong to, a place I can now call home.