As I’ve said in previous blogs on this project, Under Tracks has not been just about taking photographs of the occupants of the railway arches – I have in fact been recording social history.
At least a dozen of my subjects are not occupying their arches anymore…. and sadly, mostly for economic reasons. The arches are a’ changin’ and as gentrification spreads out from the centre of London, in even 5 years time many more of my arch subjects will have gone.
I’m glad to say that my photographs will not simply be stored in boxes in my studio – or even on the walls of the homes of the visitors who purchased them at the exhibition. Digital files – all captioned – of the complete Under Tracks project (over 250 photographs) have been accepted for inclusion in The History of London Archive held at The Bishopsgate Institute Library in the City of London. In perpetuity.
So long after we’ve all left this earth, the public and researchers will be able to see what life was like in London’s Railway Arches between 2014 and 2017.