James Sykes

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Walking home across London from Hackney to Newham this strange, beautiful light presented itself.

I moved to London about 5 years ago. I love the pace and the vibe but most of all I love the upholstery. This photograph was one of the first I made when I started shooting film again.

London is rightly proud of its diverse culture.

I'd been trying to make an image of this spot for a while but the light was never right, until Boxing Day.

I love street corners, this is particularly lovely.

Another street corner. This building has been voted the ugliest in Prague, I'm not so sure.

I've always been drawn to the space behind the public presentation of cities.

Prague is a wonderful, rich city with medieval buildings cheek by jowl with old soviet and contemporary objects.

The first photograph from my long term project Living in the End Times which is a commentary on how we live now.

The future casts its shadow over the present in a strange reversal of the usual. Living in the End Times explores climate change, coronavirus, politics and attempts to tell a story that is, in large part, off camera.

The study of complex systems. This was the first photograph I made for Living in the End Times during the run up to Brexit 2016. I stumbled across a fenced off area no bigger than a football pitch. It seemed appropriate. From the Living in the End Times series.

Adventures in the Anthropocene. From the Living in the End Times series.

The Activation of a Memory in a Time of Crisis from the Living in the End Times series.

Overcoming the Limitations of the Substructure from the Living in the End Times series.

A Disruption in Logic from the Living in the End Times series is a diptych with Violence as Effect of Material Inequality.

Violence as Effect of Material Inequality from the Living in the End Times series is a diptych with A Disruption in Logic.

James Sykes

I am a documentary photographer based in East London. My current work explores the themes of topography, autobiography and metaphor.

 

I studied documentary photography at the world renowned Newport School and was exhibited at the Martin Parr curated Strange and Familiar show at The Barbican. I am also a selected contributor to Featureshoot’s The Print Swap, Oksfield MagazineProfiles in Photography SemiZine, Quiet Contour, All Cities are Beautiful and Thought Landscape Magazine. I have been a recent exhibitor for Shutter Hub and have shown in London, New York and Amsterdam.

Recent work includes a project exploring antimicrobial resistance with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a long form project called Living in the End Times part of which is shown here.

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