I’ve been photographing the fried chicken restaurants of north London. I started off with a collection of bones for a museum exhibit, but I think that perhaps the photos and the bones are two separate pieces – not sure yet. Then I got interested in taking the portrait shots of shops and somehow the photograph becomes more of a document of the Victorian buildings in which they are housed. Some of the upstairs windows are really ornamental – Green Lanes N4 and Tottenham Lane N8 specifically. Using black and white dramatically reduces the red, white, blue iconography of the shop signs. It’s also interesting to check the ornamental dividers between shops, the satellite dishes, to let signs, the different weather conditions and also if people have strayed into (or even posing in) shot. Here are some examples:
I am aware that they might come across as some critical document on fast food and unhealthy eating in low social economic groups, which is really not my intention. The last thing I want to do is sneer at anybody. I feel involved in this city and in these places. I think these images are the starting point for something else – perhaps a film or even, dare I say it, a performance of sorts.