Retrospecting Sandy Hill by Chris Shaw


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“Sandy Hill Estate lies to the North West of Farnham, on the border of Surrey and Hampshire.

A mixture of private and council housing, the estate was designed around a through road, which ran like a spine, with cul-de-sacs leading off it to parking areas made up of open areas and garages.

The houses were of unusual design – with the back of the homes facing the roads and garages, and the fronts opening onto small interlocking courtyards interlaced with a network of footways. While studying photography at a local art college in 1987,

I discovered this place. I felt alienated from my fellow students, but found a home on the Sandy Hill Estate. Over the next three years I gave people photo prints which led to more pictures – the camera was an excuse really. I liked talking to ‘normal’ people. Obviously they were obsessed with cars and bikes – they were ‘normal’ to me.”

Chris Shaw

“The Sandy Hill images merge fly-on-the-wall documentary with the kind of raw intimacy that is his signature. Portraits and snapshot-style glimpses of everyday life on the estate are rendered in high contrast monochrome tones. He was drawn to 80s “soul boys” with their casual style and cars, perhaps because they represented his younger self, but also curious children and ordinary people going about their daily routine.”

Sean O’Hagan in an interview with Chris Shaw for The Guardian.

Vintage Photos of British Suburbia in the 80s

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