A selection from this photo series has been entered into an Adobe competition, and if you like them, you can vote for them via the links at the bottom of this post!
Adobe’s #CreateDialogue competition asks young people to use their lens to open up a conversation about an issue in their community. My third concept for this competition was inspired by recent news surrounding the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.
These images are subtle digital collages, which bring the contrasting housing situations within an arm’s reach of one another. By overlapping these stark contrasts, I hope I am able to make people think about social inequality, and how it affects everyday life, particularly in London.
After the Grenfell fire, a debate was opened up about housing in Kensington. The cladding used on the tower block was a cheaper, flammable option, which only seemed to be put in place to benefit richer members of the neighbourhood who felt the high rise flats were an eyesore. In addition, it’s been revealed that many of the large luxury homes in Kensington, mere roads away from Grenfell, are in fact empty – whilst the poorer members of the community are often housed in run down estates.
I visited St Ann’s Road earlier this week, and was shocked at the nature of this area. At the bottom of the road lies the royal crescent; a row of beautiful, three/four story luxury villas. These sell for millions of pounds and are owned by the wealthy.
Then, as you walk up the road, the housing situation changes. Luxury villas turn into large houses, which turn into smaller ones, which turn into blocks of flats, then council estates, then high rise tower blocks. The social disparity that exists all over London exists in a microcosm on one road. Some of the richest people in the city are neighbours with some of the least wealthy.
Ever since the fire, I’ve been thinking about social inequality a lot, and as a seventeen year old, there’s little I can do myself to help make a change. So I hope these images spread the word about social inequality.
Over eighty in a tower block were killed by their housing situation; they were not cared for by the authorities. Meanwhile, their wealthier neighbours are lucky enough to own near-mansions, right next door.
If you think my work is impactful, a vote on the Adobe page would be incredible. Voting takes two minutes; simply log in via Adobe, Facebook or Google, then click vote on the image(s) you love. Do check out other entrant’s images too, for more attempts to #CreateDialogue about social issues!
CAMERA: canon eos 100d
DATE: july 2017