‘Upon the High Street’ is an ongoing photography project shot in collaboration by award-winning Medway-raised photographers Joshua Atkins and Daniel Loveday.
The project captures the people and landscape of Chatham High Street and the surrounding area, celebrating the town's history and the diversity of its residents.
The photographs capture how the High Street is a continually adapting and changing environment, in the face of online retail and next-day delivery, the project looks to document the challenges faced by high streets across the country.
The two photographers make frequent trips to the area, where they engage with, photograph, and ultimately become intertwined with the lives of shoppers, workers, and residents. Through the repetition of these visits, a profound sense of shared experience emerges, solidifying their integration into the very heart of this ever-changing community.
“When you walk the same streets back and forth, you notice things you may not have picked up on before, like the historic building fronts or how the high street spaces are made of pockets of different communities. It's fascinating to both observe this and then document it from our two viewpoints, especially as the high streets across the UK rapidly evolve and adapt.” Joshua Atkins and Daniel Loveday
A selection of the images featured in the Turner Contemporary Open, Joshua has previously won the British Journal of Photography’s ‘Portrait of Britain’ award and Daniel the Portrait of Humanity award.
Rochester Art Gallery, 95 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission FREE.
Join Joshua & Daniel for a Free Photography Workshop on Saturday, 2 December at Chatham Library.
Workshop includes a talk with the photographers followed by a photowalk around Chatham where you have the opportunity to make your own photos documenting our historic town, bring phones or whatever you have to capture the streets with the photographers!