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.
The ‘Vera & John’ notes were found in their house on a housing estate near the Camden Palace; the ‘Silly Arse Broke It’ notes were found on the grounds of a housing estate in Kentish Town while the notes for ‘How to Keep Mr Gounder's Tea Hot In Cold Weather And Other Firm Beliefs’ were found on the streets of Camden. The ‘Vera & John’ background photographs were made of paving stones on streets that have a connection to Vera and John. A photograph of the orange bricks used to build the eight blocks that make up the Clarence Way estate is the background for ‘Silly Arse Broke It’ while the backgrounds in ‘How to Keep Mr Gounder's Tea Hot In Cold Weather And Other Firm Beliefs’ are photographs of a blue Camden sky.
The Vera & John images are arranged so that every other note is about the coming together for food, echoing the daily routine of family life. The ‘Silly Arse Broke It’ edit portrays a set of diverse circumstances and are arranged in a way so that each note is connected to the next by a word, symbol colour or idea etc. The photographs used for ‘How to Keep Mr Gounder's Tea Hot In Cold Weather And Other Firm Beliefs’ were selected to reflect the negative and combative present. Camden Folks Tales sees these three distinct narratives coalesce into one discordant overriding story creating random pairings and unintended mini-narratives.
The amount of notes collected means that there is plenty of scope for a variety of edits and for putting images together as diptychs and triptychs etc. With that in mind I've started a section of diptychs and triptychs which I will add to on a regular basis.
The individual project that make up Camden Folks Tales can b found in the Photographs section of the site menu or Ive added their links below.