Documentary photographer and student Tom Johnson gives us a view of ‘Another Britain’ in his explorative photo series.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m a documentary, editorial and portrait photographer – I live and shoot in my East London studio. I’m studying at the London College of Communication and building my portfolio with various model agencies, shooting for fashion magazines as well as freelancing for Vice.
WHAT INSPIRED THIS PROJECT?
Like many of my generation, I found that the pace of change in the visual media, and indeed all areas of society affected by technology, was both phenomenal and bewildering. The idea of ‘Another Britain’ was born from this impulse – a desire to put a visual ‘marker’ down in the fast shifting sands, which I hope will capture and hold the zeitgeist – for a moment at least. The last seismic shift in Britain’s society and culture seemed, I thought, to have been in late 1970’s and 80’s. That generation of photographers experienced and recorded a shock to their visual landscape, which was perhaps on a scale similar to our own.
In Another Britain Part I we travelled from city to city documenting the people, places, communities, and cultures that make Britain. It seemed like a more representative ‘survey’, to photograph a broad cross-section of visual imagery across the whole country, splitting Britain into ‘thirds’ to make it more manageable and to give each bit the energy it deserved.