Sophie Green is a social documentary and art photographer based in London. Her photography is a spontaneous, intuitive reaction to the ordinary; celebrating the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of the human experience.
In a world full of unique individuals, her work largely explores aspects of British culture and rarely-documented communities and subcultures who are drawn together by shared identity or mutual circumstance. She strives to seek out the glue that unites these individuals together as a collective; leading her to explore the realms of Aladura Spiritualist African churches and congregations, afro hair salons, banger & stock car racing, streetcar culture, arm wrestlers, British cowboy culture and travellers.
Curious to push the boundaries of traditional social documentary practice – Green likes to play with a balance of spontaneous documentary realism combined with stylised constructions. Merging portraiture and still life images – she is drawn to the details that surround her subjects as a way of revealing a deeper story of person and place. Colourful, graphic, and sometimes humorous incidentals punctuate the compositions heightening their resonance.
Green engages directly with the individuals she photographs through collaborative, posed portrait sessions that serve to empower the subjects, providing a platform to tell their story. She believes that trust and respect are fundamental to the process of creating an emotional and revealing portrait. Many of her projects develop over several years in order to honour the subjects’ lives and portray them truthfully through images and text.
Photographic storytelling is a powerful tool through which we can record, share and communicate ideas. She aspires for her photography to positively encourage a connection and understanding between the viewer and the subject.
From the series Gypsy Gold, 2015
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