"Escalators" is a photographic collage made up of portraits of people on the escalators in the London Underground. Once it was completed in 2012, it was published to great acclaim world-wide. Seen from afar, the image works abstractly, with the lines of escalators moving diagonally across the image. Close-up, each portrait reflects the individuality of the Londoners who inhabit the world city.
This work is one of my signature photographic collages. For each artwork, I take hundreds of images of life in motion in a chosen landscape over a period of time. Through the deliberate process of choosing and editing my photographs a pattern evolves creating a new and unique landscape—compressing both time and space into a singular artwork. I am interested in expanding the photographic singular moment into a distinctive work of art which encompasses many moments.
I've produced seven large-scale collages to date, which include depictions of typical urban experiences such as escalators and Tube trains, contrasting with the more open, natural spaces of the seaside and Hampstead Heath. The collages were most recently exhibited at the Koukan Gallery, North London in November 2014 in the show "So Near, So Far".
"Escalators" is part of an edition of 20 prints across 3 different sizes:
Edition 20 + 2 A/P
Size One: 60x41cm Edition 10
Size Two: 90x61 Edition 7
Size Three: 120x82 Edition 3