Hahnemühle Bamboo archival inkjet prints
This is an investigation of the community of Crescent Town, where I lived for two years while completing my undergrad degree. It is the second part of a series exploring how crime affects the reputation of a community, the first part being the series Crime Scenes. Both series are an exploration in mapping, employing a form of conceptual documentary where I use photography to frame and distance social experience, such that the viewer might consider both the sameness and variation in the scenes.
26 Neighbours and Counting took a more performative approach than Crime Scenes. Inspired by Bill Drummond’s socially engaged Soup Line project, I invited passers-by to stand for a portrait in front of my house, thanking them with the gift of an instant fine art print of the portrait we had created. Through this socializing I hoped to gain more insight into my new community, building an archive of neighbours and a “security system” of the human variety — through contact rather than separation.