Debbie Naylor

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Debbie Naylor

I am a Documentary Photographer and Lecturer based in Hertfordshire, whose practice sits within the editorial and documentary genre and explores socio-political and environmental issues within a current contemporary landscape. 

‘Walk Dogs on Short Leads’ is a new self-published body of work that focuses on The Wellbeing Walk, launched in 2015 as an alternative walking route for people that travel, between Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras International Stations. Its prime objectives are; building and sustaining a thriving urban neighbourhood, offering a healthier less stressful route, and opportunity to improve wellbeing simply by the act of walking. For some, ‘wellbeing’ simply means feeling good; both about yourself, the world around you and being able to get on with life in the way you want. Often difficult and contested concept to define, part of the attraction of wellbeing reflects a neo liberal political agenda that wants to see people look after themselves in order to limit demands on health and social services. Adopting a place-based perspective approach, wellbeing is influenced by emotional response experienced when moving through a place and mental stimulus derived from its material characteristics. A testament to the route, the work captures a physiognomy of place by its presentation of surface and appearance, hints at the effect of neoliberalism ideology on urban cities and could serve as metaphor for the current shape of wellbeing healthcare in the UK.

As well as self publishing, my work has been exhibited in the UK and Lithuania and was shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, 2017.

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