Invisible Angels

Photographic series, Kodak Vivid Colour, Hasselblad X-Pan and Fuji 5x4.5, C-Type prints, 2009

Invisible Angels was made on Elephant & Castle’s Heygate Estate, after residents were evicted or relocated. The site was subject to controversy for the high levels of poverty and the future plans for the site.

Wearing domestic and temporary materials, (bin liners, tin foil, cling film, news paper, shopping bags,) the young men are placed either in groups, pairs or alone. They stare at the camera or far into the distance.

Running concurrently with the Heygate demolition plans, the UK press were increasingly portraying young groups of black men on urban streets as threatening gangs. Undertones of racist stereotyping in the press and government impeded understanding the reality or identity of any individual young man represented.

Invisible Angels featured in the United Nations urban planning report, The New Urban Agenda,  with Habitat III in Quito. It was expanded into a book with Routledge Press.

︎More Images coming June 2023.

Example image from Routledge press:

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