|Jem Raid self portrait
This is my take on the Back Alley made from lots of images taken in one in Nottinghamshire. It is part nightmare part hopeful of overcoming its own shortcomings as a place to live and work. It's a place that most people walk past without a second glance and there it stays melded into the local community, in equal measures a dump for rubbish, a home for those who live at the back or above shops and businesses and a shortcut for those who live adjacent to it. Unkempt for the most part, bits added to the rear of the buildings that front the main road with utility uppermost in the minds of both the builders and the commissioners.
My work is figurative and I am the figure, from anonymous to revealed, like the inhabitants of the alley. Some slink by, some say hello, some ask what I do, others scowl, some smile knowingly. The alley is a microcosm of human activity in the fashion of a village.
And yet for me it was a gold mine of the unexpected, of textures and rubbish that form abstract patterns when isolated by my camera, making a canvas for the montaged introduction of a figure.
It is five minutes long and in an edition of three with two artists proofs and will be shipped in a hand crafted case.
Number one of three for sale at thirty US dollars.
On the DVD
FHD 1080p 1920 x 1080
UHD 4K 3840 x 2160