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City as Canvas

This ongoing series captures the chalk drawings created by children in my neighbourhood. I began to encounter these creations as I walked home from the train station after work, where the day’s work of these young artists was scattered across the pavements on my route. This was not a mass organised event- more a common thing that kids did individually. Having recently visited Florence, I considered this like my own Medici Corridor taking me from work to home with an everchanging exhibition of art on show.

I mostly viewed these works in the late afternoon as the daylight was fading, which made the bright colours of the chalk especially vivid- a sense of which I have tried to capture in these photographs. Sometimes surreal, mysterious, and always inventive, these anonymous children treated the pavements as blank canvases. These photos have been gathered over a number of years, and may be the only record of these fleeting works.

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