North Street, Bristol BS3, is home to over 100 independent businesses. There are of course a few outlets for national chains: a NatWest Bank and a PizzaHut for instance, but the vast majority are independent. For sixteen years it’s been my local street of shops and businesses, and I think its brilliant. I wanted to capture some of it in a set of photos, concentrating on all the independents.
North Street runs for roughly one mile. Number 1 is at the roundabout with Dean Lane and Cannon Street; and it ends where it joins Ashton Road at the southern edge of Greville Smyth Park. Eventually I’d like to make pictures of everyone who works along its length, or at least everyone who is willing to have their photo taken. So far there have been many more people saying “yes” than saying “no”.
I’m ever so grateful to everyone who appears in these photos. For saying yes, for being so warm and welcoming, for giving me a bit of their time while I fiddled with my camera, but above all for keeping the spirit of independence going on North Street.
This photo series was produced for exhibition at The Spotted Cow, 139 North Street, Bristol BS3 1EZ. Thanks to all at The Cow.
The exhibition ran May to December 2015.
This was organised as part of Southbank Bristol Arts Trail, 2015. Thanks to Steve Broadway.
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