Over May and June 2021, I photographed the residents of Basildon, Essex, in a pop-up studio and gallery set up in a vacant store at Eastgate, in the town centre.

The project celebrates the people of Basildon by showing a 'snapshot in time', a diverse cross-section of society .

I also collected stories and thoughts about the town from the participants, and these will be published alongside the portraits in a free newsprint publication. At the end of the project, all participants were able to collect a free print of their portrait from the gallery wall.

Basildon New Town was established in 1949, one of eight towns developed by the Labour government to help alleviate London's acute post-World War II housing shortage.


New Town Portraits is part of Open Lab, a programme of arts events being run by BasildON Creative People and Places and Things Made Public, with support from the Arts Council, Basildon Council. Orwell Real Estate, Basildon Town Square Consultation, Eastgate Basildon, and Gateway FM.

Abbie

Ace

Julie

Reg

Joan

Chanel

Brian

Maureen

Rosie

Jake

Elliot

Ian

Prince

Aron

Mark and David

Gareth

Helen

Kimberli

Fred

Diane

Mason

Pat

Margaret

Elle

Shel

Deborah

Mick

Anne

Carol

Colin

Logan

Pippa and Matthew

Takunda

Mushy

Paul

Rocko and Matthew

Jolene

Ann

Duke

Sylak

Nicky

Linda

Ron

Chris

Pelaiah

Jackson

Matt

Funmi

Edward

Gareth

Jo

Jeanine

Carol

Irene

Eileen

Patrick

Mavis

Rachel

PC Kirk



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