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Croydon Up Close by Lambros McKenzie

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A5 Case Bound Books.
Cover onto 170gsm Silk.
Wrapped over greyboard case.
Matt laminated to the outer.
2x 4pp End Papers unprinted onto 170gsm Uncoated.
50 inside pages onto 170gsm Silk.
Full colour print throughout.
Trimmed, collated and case bound.

An A5 hardback final major project. Lambros says:

“- Instead of shooting members of a similar music genre as I did last term, I wanted to shoot members of all different music genres to show the diversity of people who are a part of CroydonFM.
– Using Croydon FM’s “Meet The Presenters” page on their website, which contains the majority of my photography of the station’s members, I was able to pinpoint which members would work well together in group shots.
– I was also able to see which members I could reshoot for individual portraits that would complement the group shots.”
When discussing locations, he comments:
“- I then began to make mental notes of locations that I thought would work well with each of these groups. I chose to return to locations I had previously photographed at because they were close to the station, which meant the members wouldn’t have to travel far, and because I would know what to expect from each location, which meant there would be no unexpected surprises.​​​​​​​
– I wanted to choose locations that reflected two sides of Croydon: the artistic side and the Brutalist architecture that arose in the 1970s.

– Continuing the idea I had last term, I want to use the architecture around Croydon as the backdrop in my images, as this will link the CroydonFM community to the borough. I want to try and include some of the more iconic buildings like the Nestle Tower and St Georges Walk, however with a majority of these locations being closed to the public, my aim will be to include these locations when photographing my architecture shots.
– There is however Rylands House, Lunar Tower and Apollo House, that are still maintained and would serve as good locations.
– As well as the brutalist architecture I wanted to incorporate more of Croydons Unique architecture, places like the Croydon Museum and Sega House (Croydons last remaining Art Deco Building) as these two are a big part of Croydons History.

– I was debating including some of the new builds within the photo book, however I feel that this will take away from my initial goal to celebrate Croydon in its current state. This being said I may include a segment about the new builds in the Introduction page.”

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