Monday, 18 March 2013

Colin McPherson - The A41 Project

The A41 Project - visualising inequality, features photographs by artist Colin McPherson taken as he travelled through the West Midlands, passing through some of the wealthiest and some of the most deprived areas of England.

"The project has been one year in the making: the last six months of which I have spent on the road, travelling the length of the A41 from near my home on the Wirral down to London - and back again several times," says McPherson. "Photographers are particularly fond of road trips and journeys as they instil a sense of narrative and direction in the work being made."

"Through the Equality Trust, participatory photography groups were established in London, Milton Keynes, the West Midlands and Merseyside. These groups consisted of people with an interest in the subjects of inequality and photography and who were keen, like me, to experiment and look creatively at how the issues could be illustrated using the photographic image."
McPherson's pictures are based on themes, statistics or ideas he researched, or those that emerged from the workshops with the participatory groups.

"Often I would be looking to illustrate a specific fact or quote, and in the final pieces of work, I turned these into questions," he says. This means that the pictures are shown with a question below them as you can see here.

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