I went on a photography workshop to London about Peckham and it's social history. It made me really think about why I am doing this series, one of the things that both that workshop and a recent contemporaries exhibition: Kevin Casey a fellow participant in Redeye Photography's Residency: Lightbox 2018 recent exhibition is set and based around a St Helens now defunct Pilkingtons Glass, it reminded me that I needed to photograph around the series more and more. Meeting the participants to go through scrapbooks and have cups of tea at home.
The process of getting to know past performers and their histories feels strangely intimate and somehow intrusive as a photographer to listen to memories and capture an image pays homage in this instance. Celebrating that peoples stories are the most interesting of all. What you read about people is hidden away, finding the essence through a picture requires time. To be allowed into a life.