Pubtown is about local community, and the independent pubs that sit at the heart. As a departure from working in remote and isolated places around the world, this has been driven by the desire to produce work on my doorstep. It is about where people go in their locality, they are hubs of community, and a cultural institution. This is an ongoing a developing body of work.
Inspired by ‘The Pub And The People’, a book by Mass Observation, a 1930s social study of an anonymous northern British town. The study observed and recorded people’s behaviour and pub culture, at a time when anthropological studies were heavily focussed on people living in distant and exotic lands. The images here are from Bath, famed for it’s hot springs attracting people to find an escape, but this is a different type of watering hole.