Through the winter of 2014-15, British photographer Daniel Meadows made a series of visits to West Bromwich in Sandwell. Exploring the High Street and the indoor and the outdoor markets, Daniel made many connections with the people he met, including Mush who helps West Bromwich be spick and span with his longstanding hoover stall; Dr Sun who practices Chinese medicine and acupuncture; and Jenny and Veronica who make sure that Jackson's Afro-Caribbean stall is well stocked. The movie is made up of hundreds of Daniel’s photographic images that are sequenced to accompany the sound recordings that Daniel made on location.High Street Stories was commissioned and produced by Multistory to document the lives of people who work in West Bromwich market; both indoor and outdoor.
Daniel Meadows said: “I'm interested in the spontaneous way in which we talk, respond and converse. People were generous with their time and I've tried very hard to edit the movie in a way that is respectful of the individual character of those I photographed and recorded.”
Emma Chetcuti, Director of Multistory, said: “Telling stories is important to our sense of self and community. They help us to understand who we are and to understand and empathise with others. High Street Stories is part of a growing archive and body of work that Multistory is producing about life in Sandwell and the Black Country.”
Movie screening: a DVD of the film will be given to all of the people who have taken part in the project during a red carpet screening on Tuesday 15 September, 2015; 6.30 – 8pm at the Odeon Cinema in West Bromwich. There is a limited number of seats still available but they must be booked in advance: please call Laura Dicken on 0121 569 2886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The DVD can be purchased from Multistory’s on-line shop from 16 September, 2015 multistory.org.uk/shop/
Daniel will talk about High Street Stories and other work at an informal talk to photography students at Sandwell College, Central Campus, West Bromwich: 2 to 3 pm on Wednesday 16 September. Places are limited and must be booked via Laura Dicken: contact details above.
Daniel Meadows is a documentarist who attempts to make sense of the times in which we live; he engages with others to gather, create and present – with as few fictional additions as possible – stories made out of photographs and/or oral testimony.
High Street Stories was commissioned by Multistory, an ambitious community arts charity based in West Bromwich, as part of an ongoing body of photographic work and archive that documents life in Sandwell and the Black Country. Critically acclaimed photographers, writers and filmmakers are commissioned to work with local people to tell their stories of every day life and recent commissions have included projects by Margaret Drabble, Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden. Multistory gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England and Sandwell Council. www.multistory.org.uk