Harlow #1
2013
Watford #1
2014
Watford #2
2014
Watford #3
2014
Crawley #1
2014
Bracknell #1
2015
Watford #4
2014
Gravesend #1
2016
Watford #5
2014
Watford #6
2014
Bracknell #2
2015
Watford #7
2014
Slough #1
2015
Harlow #2
2015
Stevenage #1
2016
Harlow #3
2015
Croydon #1
2018
Gravesend #1
2016
Bracknell #3
2015
Luton #1
2016
Luton #2
2016
Kingston #1
2017
Bracknell #4
2018

Decentralisation 2014 – 2018

All photographs in this series were taken on the top floor of multi-storey carparks in towns that satellite London.

The top layer of these structures are ever-changing: the surfaces are exposed to continual weathering and every now and then relaid afresh with new coloured tar-mac and signage. Shot in bright sunlight following downpours of rain the aim is to find something exotic in these everyday spaces.

There is a focus on the New Towns movement as this pioneered the building of such utilitarian architecture: now synonymous with latter 20th Century towns in the UK. The car park seemed a natural and symbolic site given the geographical and ideological influences that mass motorisation had on many of the places in which they exist.

Visited and represented in this series are: Basildon, Bedford, Bracknell, Crawley, Croydon, Gravesend, Harlow, Hemel Hempstead, Kingston, Luton, Milton Keynes, Slough, Stevenage and Watford.

Jack Hems is a photographer based in London, UK.

He studied at Byam Shaw School of Art: Central St Martins, graduating in 2011.


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