Longsight/Shortsight (2019 - Ongoing)
Longsight / Shortsight is a photographic project highlighting positive initiatives in Longsight, a densely populated multicultural inner-city neighbourhood in Southeast Manchester, and the environment in which these occur.
Through giving exposure and recognition to the individuals and grass-roots organisations cultivating positive change the series aims to encourage a positive perception of Longsight from the inside out. Besides the imagery sits a narrative exposing socio-economic inequality, marginalisation of ethnic minority neighbourhoods, immigration, environmental issues and the mechanisms people develop to fight adversity.
The pictures of the environment offer a view on Longsight’s geography subtly uncovering some of its issues, whilst in contrast, the portraits reveal the individuals cultivating positive change within such geography showing the ethnic diversity of the area.
The working title comes from playing with the words Long-sightedness and Short-sightedness. The medical meaning associated with malfunctions of the eye is the principle that leads to a more metaphorical understanding.