It’s generally thought that spending more time than absolutely necessary on the UK’s roads is to be avoided at all cost. Picking one’s way through roadwork’s, in miserable weather, during horrendous bank holiday traffic is a million miles away from the glamorous ideal of the classic American road trip. However for me, travelling the length and breadth of the Britain for both work and pleasure, I’m often struck by the beauty and variety of our roadside scenery, and the warmth and fun of the people you meet along the way.
I was inspired to make the case for the British roadside, ultimately spending 4 years documenting what and whom I found along the UK’s trunk roads. As the project progressed, I was moved to see the environment changing before my eyes, as grubby burger vans gave way to shiny M&S food stores on petrol station forecourts, and tea rooms shut up shop in the face of competition from another new branch of Costa Coffee. I realised I was witnessing a livelihood under threat, which gave the work an extra layer of emotional resonance for me. Creating the work provided a reminder that there’s plenty to enjoy around us, we only need to slow down the pace to appreciate it while we still can.