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there doesn’t need to be a massive explanation to this… its a bedroom in a house party  at 6pm the day after. i wasn’t at the party but i was here

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August 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

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home/performance – richard evans

A new friend of mine, we met through the arts collective, which bind us all as friends. We got on well and I have since started to produce music with him. He has quite a serious expression, which doesn’t necessarily reflect what’s going on in his head – he has a very playful outlook, obsessed with experimental music and obscure art. His clothes also defy his serious demeanor – he wears very bright colours, especially socks.

Despite being a long time recording artist, these images are of his first ever live gig. Being extremely nervous he clipped a yellow card holding his lyrics onto the mic stand, doubling as a shield for his face; a strange way of presenting himself to the audience.

He lives with his flatmates, although a solitary character he interacts with them with comfortable ease, having recently moved out from living with his ex-girlfriend of 10 years. The present period can be seen as something of a renaissance in his life, he is learning to have fun and play again, losing the role of boyfriend which he assumed almost too seriously.

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May 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm

home/performance – alice old

I met Alice as a neighbor, and soon my life was centered around our houses and Hampstead village. She was quite young at the time and – even more so than now lost in a fantasy world, in and out of touch with reality and obsessed with dreams.

Alice isn’t a born performer, she played Alice in Wonderland at age 5 on the same stage as this (her mother Leonie owns the theatre) this production is a reprisal of 15 year old part. The character is perfectly suited to her, more than sharing the same name – Alice (in wonderland) is lost in a dreamlike world, an allegory for the real Alice’s life.

Her home is a quiet residential enclave far up into North London where she lives with friends and the landlord, its a contrast to the elegant squalor of her previous flat in Hampstead which she shared messily with a posse of teenage girls. The domesticity of the place has a calming influence on her creativity and it feels like she doesn’t quite fit in.

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May 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

home/performance – george henriques

George was always part of my circle of friends, having become recently closer, working with me curating art exhibitions. He can be a quiet person, only interested in talking when something really interests him. However when his ideas and thoughts materialise its hard to stop them rolling out of his head. He is softly spoken yet extremely physically strong, expert in kung fu. I photograph him as a sculptor, which I see as the dominant part of his creative output, as opposed to his bass playing alter ego, in the heavy metal band ‘Blood Meridian’.

I chose to include a visual artist to go with the performance artists as I feel that George projects his character and mindset through the sculpture and in exhibiting them presents them as a performance of ideas. Likewise as the art has its own character and life, observers interact and react to it similarly to the audience at a musical or theatre performance.

George lives in Hackney Wick, a typically creative area with two other visual artists and a cat in a warehouse space. He has a small bedroom and a sculpture studio built into the space. The rooms reflect his scruffy yet peaceful self, elegantly decaying and very silent.

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May 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

to bee or not (or) they sucked his brains out!

apparently honey bees are on the steep decline which mortifyingly sad for me, coz im a big fan of crunchie bars. seriously though it spells ecological disaster if they die out, as without pollination there wont be any plants therefore, any other form of life within a few years. so it was pretty sad to come across a peaceful daffodil patch in a secret garden in hampstead which was littered with the empty shells of bumble bees, eaten from the inside out by some unknown vile flesh eating eater. so we built them a daff-raft and floated them towards valhalla. heres the story

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April 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm

stupid stupid stupid

i slid down to greenpeace hq in canonbury last friday along with a team of volunteers from award winning charity envision, to help out stitching coffee bean sacks together for decoration of the (near carbon neutral) leicester square premiere of the climate change film the age of stupid. we then went on a little mission in a chipfat fuelled peugot to a chippy (to get the oil) then to the refinery (to swap it for clean stuff), then finally to leicester square for a little flyering to promote awareness about the film and the following not stupid action campaign…

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March 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm