Portraits from the Stadium: is a series of portraits taken during the last week of the Dogs in 2008. I wanted to be in keeping with this year’s Art Trail theme ‘Welcome to Walthamstow’, even though sadly we’ve already said goodbye to the Stadium.
The photographs include portraits of staff, dog-trainers and people from the crowd. All of the portraits were shot using a medium format film camera. Professionally I shoot on digital, but for my personal work I think film creates a much more intense portrait. The process of shooting on film (and the result) is a constant reminder of why I became a photographer in the first place!
Our local DIY shop Cut To Size agreed to hang the portraits in the window during the Art Trail – you’ll be able to go see them 24 hours a day.
2. How many times have you taken part in the Trail?
This will be my first E17 Art Trail.
3. What kind of things inspire you to create art?
People and their stories.
4. What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Making sure the frames don’t fall onto the floor – they may be suspended from the ceiling!
5. Who are your favourite artists?
Robert Ryman, Clint Eastwood, Danny Rolph, James Nachtwey, Martin Parr and Sally Mann.
6. Please tell us two things you really like about Walthamstow?
People in Walthamstow will usually wave to you when you stop for them at a zebra crossing (unlike in the rest of London) and being able to buy food from all over the world down at the market.
7. Please tell us one thing you wish Walthamstow had?
A large, empty, unused cinema – oh that’s right we’ve already got one of those...