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Eyes-Down Grounding…




To compensate for being high-person-exhausted from 3 solid weeks of art installations and happenings during Brighton’s Fringe & Festival month, I thought a bit of grounding via ‘curating / collating’ my incidental (not snapaholic) pavement-level Fotography of recent 3 months would be in order to help bring me downward…

Other previous manhole-cover-obsessive images can be (re)viewed at or previewed in my Blurb ebook ‘Utilitarian: A Pavement-Level Perspective’.)

(the definitely-obsessive 21-shot mosaics from said art happenings may follow in future posts…)


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I was a participant on a community food-growing and eco-arts project in Devon when I started to photograph ‘all-things-manhole’, as I called them.  As I reconsidered my carbon footprint against the fundamental necessity of water and sewerage, electricity, gas and telecommunications usage, I had started to notice more the ‘little patches of ground’ that these associated utilities’ covers and such occupied.  My basic mobile phone camera (3.2 megapixels) transformed their colours, enlivened their text and textures, emphasised the metals’ embossing and patination. I was hooked!

This became a year-long therapeutic ‘snapaholic’ project (cheaper and more cheerful than shopaholicism), easing my transition from spacious living in semi-rural South Devon to downsized dwelling in citified London-by-the-Sea, and was concluded by creating a photobook on  It was a struggle to edit the number of images as I kept discovering ever-more stunning Victorian covers in Hove… But, finally, ‘Utilitarian: A Pavement-Level Perspective’ was printed.

You can take a look at the book in preview mode – full pages or thumbnails only – from the title search, or by going direct to below:

Here are a few images of covers that ‘got away’ – found in Brighton’s North Laine the day after the book went to print…

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