Camden Folks Tales


Camden Folks Tales is a story about the London Borough of Camden told through the three interweaving narratives of ‘Vera & John’, ‘Silly Arse Broke It’ and ‘How to Keep Mr Gounders Tea Hot In Cold Weather And Other Firm Beliefs’. 

Each of these projects is a still-life montage made with a photograph of a note layered over a photograph of a background. The notes were all found in the London Borough of Camden since 2003 while the backgrounds were photographed at various sites throughout the borough.

Vera & John

The ‘Vera & John’ notes were secretly collected from their home on a council estate while the background photographs are of paving stones on streets that have a connection to Vera and John. The images are arranged so that every other note is about the coming together for food, echoing the daily routine of family life. Vera and John are my mum and dad.

Silly Arse Broke It

The ‘Silly Arse Broke It’ notes were found on the grounds of the Clarence Way council estate in Kentish Town (which is where I have lived for over 20 years) while the background photograph is of the red bricks used to build the eight blocks that make up the estate. The images have been selected to reflect a diverse set of circumstances and sequenced using association and resonance.

How to Keep Mr Gounder's Tea Hot In Cold Weather And Other Firm Beliefs

The ‘How to Keep Mr Gounder's Tea Hot In Cold Weather And Other Firm Beliefs’ notes were found on the streets of Camden while the background photograph is of a blue sky over Camden. The images were selected to reflect the more negative aspects of life in Camden. 

Camden Folks Tales

These 3 individual narratives have been rearranged into one overriding story to become Camden Folks Tales. In addition to reorganising the images across all three projects I've also swapped the background photographs in Vera & John to a photograph of a wall in Vera & Johns house.

Below are links to all 4 projects.


Camden Folks Tales
Vera & John
Silly Arse Broke It
How to Keep My Gounders Tea Hot
Camden Folks Tales
Vera & John
Silly Arse Broke It
How to Keep My Gounders Tea Hot
Camden Folks Tales
Vera & John
Silly Arse Broke It
How to Keep My Gounders Tea Hot
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