- Defunct Marquee Shop, 2018
A very important image for me. I'd been traipsing around Leyton since sunrise, after a brief sojourn in Stratford. Tired and hungry, I searched for many hours on what was perhaps the hottest day in recent history. After having found nothing which interested me or transported me, I found an old marquee shop, where dust had piled in every corner and the suspended marquees glowed in the falling sun like spirits of an outmoded era. Something about the scene filled me with pangs of sadness and despair when I think about the way industry and craft has died off in this country. It spoke so clearly of what we have lost in half a century - to the immediate seductions of automated labour, and a now computer-generated social landscape. It is as I wrote in an introduction to the book, however, far too easy to indulge in 'premature eulogies'. One might find, with an unresting eye, brief moments of beauty... even in those things that trouble us. -
From my ongoing project The Flowers of the Sun and of the Night, a poetic journey of love and resignation for the modern metropolis.