The Right to This City is a body of work documenting my photographic research into housing inequality in Bath, one of the UK’s most expensive places to live. It also serves as a response to the Henri Lefebvre manifesto “The right to the city” which sets out the fundamentally basic rights to: adequate, affordable housing, schools, public transport and a place to thrive. Rights I feel are undervalued, set aside in favour of exploiting the city for capitalist gain. Political policy making over the past one hundred years has left a physical mark upon the built landscape across the UK, particularly evident in Bath. We can see from property size and density how regulatory standards have been systematically stripped away.
About the Photographer:
Tim’s work focuses on the psychogeographical journey we take through our lives, the connection we have to the environment around us and how, in turn, we shape our surroundings. He is fascinated how environment has a huge impact on the way we grow and develop, how its shapes our lives and in turn we shape the environment around us. Through exploration of the “in between” suburban spaces that are so familiar to all; his practice aims to communicate these notions of memory and growth. Tim produces creative, thought provoking images that actively engages with social and environmental issue, and use my work as a medium to raise awareness.
Name: Tim Beale