Thomas Dryden Kelsey is a British photographer who's interests centre around British culture and how it shapes the social landscape around us. Very interested in long term documentary, Thomas takes his time with his photography work. This project is an ongoing look at the culture that surrounds the 93 mile, A303. Possibly a very quintessential British road, the A303 spans five counties and is where Thomas’ project takes shape.
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Part of Thomas’ commute to school between the ages of 11-15 was along part of the A303. A journey that must have made an impression on him as it inspired this work. To Thomas the A36 is a true depiction of British culture, something he wanted to reflect upon. Thomas has chosen to stop and pay attention to the small parts of this road that would otherwise be overlooked. The beauty of photography is its ability to take what would otherwise be seen as banal and make it interesting through narratives and clever editing. Something that Thomas is clearly adept at.
"For some reason this English highway has been in the back of my mind ever since adolescence, I wanted to reflect on its structure and what we may come to call the traditional British Road”
Thomas graduated with a BA (hons) in Documentary Photography from the university of Gloucestershire. Focusing on his long term social documentary, Thomas also works on commissions. Thomas has been awarded a number of awards including Magnum's 30 Under 30.
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