Figure one above. Early Winter in 2016 at the HoneyBourne line graffiti tunnels, Cheltenham, UK. 35mm E-6 Slide.
Figure one above is one of the first colour film images I ever made. It was winter sixteen, one year after I started university and my HipHop project. I was walking about and checking out the new work that had been sprayed onto the walls after a long summer back in High Wycombe working to sustain myself for the next year of education and expensive ways of photographing the world. This is the location I first met the people and is the place where all of the ideas came to me, to speak and to invest my time in the people creating the art that was being put onto the walls. but also from the freestyle cyphers that were being performed on the street, had been practiced and rehearsed properly and later performed in the bars and venues, for public performance, display and funding. But at the root of it all was collaborative work, many people working together to get their ideas created and to order it all to be able to hold events in the local community all for love, all for the kindness of helping each other out. When a lot of people work together with high goals, beautiful things get made and the world becomes a better place. dreams and ideas have been fulfilled and people are left happy yearning to create more with the community.
Visually the image conveys light at the end of the tunnel but also at the beginning. There is colour and pattern everywhere, life has spread itself all across these walls and left its imprint leading me into the story of hip hop culture.