Set on a housing estate in East London, Clapton Blossom is a celebration of humanity and social diversity at a time when walls are being built between nations and political dialogue encourages us to mistrust each other.
Inspired by the series of ten short films by late Polish Director, Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog, in which each film portrays a different resident of the same housing estate in Warsaw. Kieślowski illustrates how although each character may not know one another, their lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human.
These portraits reverse the standard narrative of estates as grim, grey urban places by showing the evident beauty and vulnerability in each person photographed, the back of a head, eyes closed, an open, unguarded expression, hinting at the universality of human experience. The portraits celebrate multi culturalism, the beauty and heart of humanity.
This is further symbolised by the cherry tree which acts as the connecting point at the centre of the estate, intersecting the overlapping lives of local people who experience it as they pass it each day or view it from their windows. The explosion of blossom reminds us of the democratic and levelling beauty of nature. Enhancing the lives of everyone who passes it, it connects us, it is given to us all, it does not ask who we are nor where we are from. The tree and flowers, amidst the concrete, evoke a psychic commonality; by highlighting the beauty in nature, we are asked to see the beauty in ourselves and in each other.