This one comes fresh from our hometown of Bristol. Ibolya Feher has been photographing the public of East Street. Which if any of you have been lucky enough to visit Bristol, a trip to East Street is unforgettable. What was once a thriving area now left with “empty units, bargain stores and betting shops” East Street is not what it once was.
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East Street is only a stones throw from its counterpart North Street, which now has thriving local business, annual graffiti festivals, boutiques and a bustling night life. Sometimes a stroll down east street can feel like you've strayed to the wrong side of the tracks where everyone seems, in true west country style, to have a can of cider in their hand.
This isn't what Ibolya chose to show, other Bristol photographers have shown a darker side of Bristol but Ibolya celebrates the community by proudly appropriating it through the lens of her camera. Her project attempts to demystify the statistics and simply documents the “community during its most recent transition”
“People are chatting outside the shops, having coffees or just breaking the toil of the weekly shop. Of course here are the rough ones too: the drunks, the ‘miserables’ and the ‘screamers’, channelling their anger towards children and seagulls”
What inspired you to start this project?
My main inspiration came from meeting people on East Street.
I have done a lot of street photography and East Street struck me with its interesting characters and often surreal scenarios.
I moved to the area in 2011 and started to photograph during my second shopping trip and I have being working on it ever since, with stronger and stronger commitment.
My photography has changed during this time. I became more interested in individual people and their personal stories rather than capturing unique coincidences.
How long did it take you to create?
This is an ongoing project that will take years to complete.
The area is going to go through regeneration on a rather large scale. After the redevelopments it is possible that a brand new world will stand here. So I am planning to continue working on this during the years to come and document the changes.
East Street Tales is coming very close to the end of its first chapter telling the story of the place before the developments. To mark the completion of this chapter I am planning an exhibition of the images for next summer.
Who was the most interesting person you met on east street, and why?
I wouldn’t like to single out anybody. I am afraid if I chose one person over others it would mean that other people are less interesting.
The more I’ve worked on this project the more interesting I’ve found people. Unfortunately I can’t photograph everybody, and even if I could it would be very hard for the viewers to take in a work like that. I am still experimenting with ideas for it to be a possibility though.
To give an answer to your question, I can name somebody who I miss the most.
This year was the first summer without Iris – whom I heard had to move into a care-home. She used to sit on one of the benches on every good day. Always dressed very pretty, sitting quietly. I often saw many people coming up to her saying hello and asking how she was. It was through her that I noticed that there is so much compassion and community spirit in East Street, if you give some time to notice it and know where to look.
You can find more of Ibolya Feher's work on her website