Crossing the road
For over 3 years I have been taking photographs in my neighbourhood of people crossing the road. This moment is interesting to me as it is an everyday activity we all do. I wanted to show the variety of characters all sharing the street together, to represents London in all its variety.
When the news broke of the ‘offending’ sign it suddenly became isolated, broken away from its group and its original meaning. I immediately apologized because the last thing I wanted to do was offend people. In fact my intention was the exact opposite. I wanted to reflect the whole community back to itself. And my use of the road sign ‘Warning’ triangle was to say ‘take care of’ each other not ‘beware of’ each other.
The history of road signs interested me. I found that in the 1960s street signage was redesigned by Margaret Calvert. In her new design a girl leads a boy in the ‘Schoolchildren Crossing’ which interested me because it meant that the ideas behind signs had evolved somehow to become more inclusive.
Our differences seem endangered in these times, with the signs I hoped to personalize individuality and hold it up as a precious thing.