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Tim Beale

The Independent Eye

The Right to this City

Spending his time between Frome and Bath, Tim is a photographer whose work focuses on the psychogeographical journey we take through our lives, the connection we have to the environment around us and how, in turn, we shape our surroundings. Tim is fascinated by how the environment has a significant impact on the way we grow and develop, how it shapes our lives and in turn we shape the environment around us. Through exploration of the in between suburban spaces that are so familiar to all, his practice aims to communicate these notions of memory and growth.

The Right to This City is a body of work documenting my photographic research into housing inequality in Bath, one of the UK’s most expensive places to live. It also serves as a response to the Henri Lefebvre manifesto “Le Droit a la vile: The right to the city” which sets out the fundamentally basic rights to adequate, affordable housing, good schools, good public transport, and a place to grow and thrive. These rights I feel are undervalued or simply set aside in favor of exploiting the city for capitalist gain. Political policy making over the past one hundred years has left a physical mark upon the built landscape across the UK and is particularly evident in Bath. We can see from property size and density how regulatory standards have been systematically stripped away.

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