Capital: A Retrospective

Noun

  1. The city or town that functions as the seat of government and administrative centre of a country or region.

  2. Wealth in the form of money or other assets owned by a person or organisation or available for a purpose such as starting a company or investing.

Adjective

  1. (dated, informal) Excellent. ‘He’s a capital fellow!’

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘relating to the head or top’, later ‘standing at the head or beginning’): via Old French from Latin (‘capitalis’), from caput (‘head’).

London 2008-16

Documentary series focused on the United Kingdom’s capital city: the centre of the country’s political and economic power, and my home for fourteen years. This series constitutes a photographic document of the late-Noughties ‘credit crisis’ and resultant ‘Age of Austerity’ under successive Conservative-led Governments, drawing on themes explored by John Lanchester in his novel Capital (2012) and by the economist Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013).

It is, moreover, a highly personal and retrospective reflection on the nature of photography, comprised of my earliest forays into photography alongside later photographs which overlap with the Beckenham Golfers and Trafalgar series. These are simply explorations of ways of seeing, borrowing at times from the vernacular aesthetics of Wolfgang Tillmans and Gary Winogrand, but which indicate the development of a distinct photographic praxis.

i. Too Big To Fail (2008-10)

ii. Austerity Blues (2010-16)