R-Urban

Wick Curiosity Shop

The Collection

Leeway Photography

What:

Photography

When:

2008

Where:

I met James by knocking on his front door, asking if he or his family had anything they wanted to contribute to our first meeting at the shop in the wick! Through this informal meeting I discovered James Robertshaw was a fantastic and keen local photographer who has been taking and gathering snaps from the Wick over the last few years.

We invited James to do a Q&A at the festival as well as have a screening of his photographs! James has become a great friend of the Wick Curiosity Shop.

See below some writing about his exhibition of photographs that he contributed to the shop...

Leeway draws together Robertshaw’s images from the urban landscape of Hackney Wick - an area of east London targeted for huge environmental change and ‘regeneration’. His style is impressionistic, verging on creating photographic ‘paintings’ often by returning to explore the effects of different light and seasons on the same physical environment. This body of work captures striking images in apparently mundane settings, not typically touted for their ‘outstanding natural beauty’.

Mabley Green is sandwiched between the A12 and Homerton High Street. A local resident, Robertshaw has come to know the place intimately - compiling innovative compositions by exploring unconventional angles and subject matter and by visiting and re-visiting the area over the course of several years.

Hackney Marshes is well known as the ‘home of grass roots football’ but less well known as one of the most private, public spaces in London. Shooting on the Marshes at dawn and dusk gives Robertshaw the rare opportunity of being completely alone in a square mile of open green space in the heart of one of London’s most densely populated urban areas.