Gone Astray Portraits shown in Work,Rest and Play:British Photography

OCT Loft China, Feb 2015-Feb 2016

Work, Rest, Play features over 400 images by thirty-eight acclaimed photographers and artists, presents a broad range of photographic practices, reflects upon the changing face of British culture over the last 50 years.

The Gone Astray Portraits, (2002-3), may appear to faithfully reference the conventions of 19th century street portraiture yet on closer inspection the sitters are not regular street folk but a pre-selected cast, dressed by the photographer, and assigned props. The title, taken from Charles Dickens’ novella Gone Astray, 1853, ruminates on being lost in the city of London and the drama and pretense of the urban street.