‘ORPHANS’ POSTCARDS

Limited edition handmade packs of 16 postcards featuring figures extracted from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea archive council survey photographs – Circa 1970. Figures originally installed at epic size underneath the Westway Flyover, Portobello Road, London, W11 in 2014. Product Details Copyright Steve Mepsted (Standard Copyright License) Edition: 50 Cards: 16 x 350gsm Silk…

Empty-Headed Mindfulness

Going through some old work I found these photographs I made of paintings I executed between 2003-2005. My Mother died, at too young an age, in early 2003 and I find it incredible that while I was painting these images I was not consciously aware of the themes they seem to explore. I obviously needed…

FRIENDS OF THE ORPHAN SIGNS – A ONE WORD PICTURE POEM

On my recent journey in the States I travelled through Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Part of my shooting series while in the US was to find old motel signs and other roadside paraphernalia to make some grids or Typologies of them. In Flagstaff and in Albuquerque I took long walks and photos of the signs, some…

SMOKING HANDS

I have certain ethical problems with the candid photography of homeless people, beggars or those that appear vulnerable or in plight.  The most successful examples, or ones where the ethics become more balanced, are when the photographer has at least engaged with or even maintained a relationship of sorts with the subject. The very best are…

X-RAY DISCO

A set of X rays that I was kindly donated – I photographed them and I thought they deserved a night out in the Photoshop Disco!! Click on any image to see a slideshow! Lets dance!! Here is also a scan of my original negatives, with skin on!

EVIDENCE

These images were printed onto packing labels using liquid light emulsion in the darkroom, between them they form a narrative of sorts; as one begins to discern the objects that are developing – but the narrative can change as the plot thickens! Click on one of the images to see a slideshow.

LANDFILL SITE ‘COLLECTIONS’

These Photo Collages are my response to an overwhelming landscape. Commonly known as a’ Landfill Site’, it is a location that receives our crap – stuff we chuck away and forget about. I thought I might put some of it back together again. Mattresses, Toys, Shoes and Packaging. I arrived on an extremely hot and…

(We are all)…Tourists

Tourists. Love em’. Everywhere around, up and down, stopping dead in front of you and consulting a map without trying to look lost. The following portraits are of tourists who I was attracted to and asked to photograph. I tried to find backgrounds that would suit them, related to what they were wearing, carrying or (my…