Carl Bigmore on Photo Scratch

Prior to taking part in Photo Scratch I had some reservations about what I would show. 2015 had been a year of getting my work “out there” and working on commissions. I had dipped my toe in and out of a few project ideas but nothing had settled. I eventually decided to show a series about London’s boating community. I’d slowly been building on this project that I started in 2014 and had amassed a large edit of images. As I was in talks with a publisher about turning the project into a book it felt like a good time to get the outside world’s feedback on what worked and what didn’t.

Photo scratch ended up far outweighing my expectations. It was great that so many people turned out to genuinely engage with the work on display. Taking the time to talk with photographers to understand more about their projects. The amount of feedback given was overwhelming. There were so many great insights that have made me look back on the boaters project and consider what it is I’m doing with it. For people to take the time to do this makes me feel very fortunate to be part of such a lovely community. London as a freelancer can sometimes feel like a solitary place but with Photo Scratch it felt like a warm embrace on a particularly cold night outside.

Carl is currently fundraising for his next project:


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