The journey by Docklands Light Railway between Deptford Bridge and Greenwich takes sixty seconds. It traverses two thousand years of human settlement and industry that began far below along the marshy banks of Deptford Creek.
Deptford Creek excavates the dense strata of landscape, street and creek. Passing through the urban panorama of modern infrastructure and 19th century engineering to survey Creekside’s diverse inhabitants, Deptford Creek also records the everyday objects retrieved from the oily folds of the Creek bed, long lost from unknown Deptford lives.
Deptford Creek is accompanied by Deptford Creek Compendium, an anthology of extracts from literary and reference sources, interviews, and new writing by James Stirling.
My documentary practice has evolved from an interest in the past and present of specific places, the people who inhabit them, and the traces they leave. Through photography, new writing and found texts I am aiming to connect the historical with the contemporary by developing visual archaeologies of landscape, presence, and time.