Democracy in a Small English Town
In this photo-essay, Robert shows what it looks like to live in a small Western European town in a ‘Democratic’ country – its labour, its moments of eccentricity and fun, its sharing and its troubles. But he discovered something more:
- People hopelessly trapped in a world not of their making;
- People, through class and poverty, largely invisible to others;
- Individuals whose broken lives are a consequence of other’s political and financial decisions:
- People surviving the impossibility of circumstances: the imposition of austerity on innocent lives.
He began to view what he photographed in Bridport differently: that the town’s wonderful eccentricity (the Hat Festival for instance) looks less like frivolous fun and more like rebellion: “no, I will not conform,” “no, I will not submit,” “no, I will not become your norm.”