STEWART WEIR (Headcorn, UK)
Stewart Weir (b. Brighton 1962) is a self taught photographer. His work has been published and exhibited internationally. In 1997 self published the book More Than Ninety Minutes (English football culture) which sold out within a month. Stories produced include English football Culture (1995-2004), Tokyo – The Sleeping City (2002), Herat – After The Fall (2002), The Asian Tsunami (2004), Brighton Beach Lovers (2000-2010) and Krung Thep – City of Angels and Demons 2014. Specialist black and white film photographer.
From 2000 to 2010 I walked Brighton beach between the two piers. This is a kind of love affair with a place that meant and still means so much to me. The beach is where I spent as much of my childhood and teenage years as I could until I moved away from Brighton when I was 18. It’s the place where I had my first kiss and ‘fumble’, the place where I went when I was meant to be at school and the place where I hung out when I got into skateboarding. One pier stands and the other is derelict. I walked the beach without any pre conceived idea, rather it was a walk through my past as I tried to understand my present and possible futures. The beach is a place where people go to play, think, love or deal with depression or just try to work their problems out. The collection of images is about those people dealing with their lives.
Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
I started out in photography at a time when digital imagery as we have today was nothing more than science fiction. I flirted with digital capture but never felt truly complete. Film capture completes the spiritual process for me. It is the place that film forces you to go that enables me to complete my creative circle.