Jim Mortram | Small Town Inertia
J A Mortram is a documentary photographer and environmental portraitist based in Dereham, East Anglia, UK. Jim’s work is centred on creating an expansive long-form photographic essay Small Town Inertia which explores the intimate and untold stories of marginalised individuals in the small rural community in which he lives.
It pulls me down. The dreams when I wake from them they seem to make everything blacker, the darkness that I see now feels so much blacker. I can see the daylight in my mind when I remember something but it’s all in my mind, I’m not seeing it but in my dreams the light’s right in front of my eyes, not in my mind, there’s just no darkness at all when I dream.”
— David, from Postcards from the black
Jim’s photography has been awarded and published widely. In 2013 the British Journal of Photography featured his project in January 2013 and included Mortram in its list of 20 world photographers to watch.
In May 2012 Jim became a member of Aletheia Photos.
Jim’s work was also featured in an American photography exhibition, Photoville, in Brooklyn in September 2013 as the only British work shown.
Red Light Gallery, Norwich
Small Town Inertia receives its first major show in Norfolk at the Red Light Gallery in Norwich from November 11-23. Private view on Sunday 17th Nov 2 – 4.30 pm.
The gallery is open daily from 12-6, and closed on Thursdays.
5 st benedicts view grapes hill norwich NR2 4HH
“From The Inside: John Myers and Jim Mortram in Conversation with Karen Newman”
Mon 25 Nov, 7pm
mac birmingham, UK
Some Cities is creating a range of opportunities for everyone to engage with photography, in order to develop an interactive photographic archive of Birmingham, made by the people who live, work and visit the city.
As part of our program of activities, Some Cities is pleased to announce the first of our talks program at mac birmingham. The talks aim to examine and explore a range of issues central to contemporary photographic practice, through examinations of the work, methodologies and strategies of individual photographers.
The first talk will examine the relationship between the photographer and the communities who allow them to document their lives. The talk will be chaired by Karen Newman, former curator at the Open Eye Gallery and research fellow (digital media) at Coventry University.
For the past three years, Jim Mortram has intimately photographed the lives of people within the same three-mile radius of his hometown, Dereham in East Anglia for his project, small town inertia.
Learn more about the event here.
For this feature we only picked two of Jim’s market town stories – of David and Tilney1 – but a lot more of Jim’s work can be explored on his project website, Tumblr, and Facebook page:
Small Town Inertia is funded by donations. If you would like to support Jim and help fund coming stories, please donate via PayPal to james.mortram (at) gmail (dot) com Thanks!
All images © J A Mortram
Read the full article on ACMV → http://bit.ly/17h0OCb
I feel angry with people who have bought profoundly into the idea of the Digital.
These are the people who produce digital images, and download digital music, and read digital books.They’ve bought into the Digital Con.
These people have nothing.
The digital image? Just some code.
The digital music? Just some code.
The digital book? Just some code.
Our primary sensory experiences are being thrown away - the slippery delicacy of a negative, the hiss of a needle on a record, the smell and feel of a book.
People who have bought entirely into the digital experience have exchanged the permanent ownership of material goods for a short term license to manipulate some code - to use 1’s and 0’s to open and close tiny gates in a computer.
Worst of all, they don’t see that they own nothing, that they can’t pass anything tactile down to their children, and that their children will never know what it’s like to hold something which is imperfect, but beautiful.
Buy some film, buy a record and a record player, buy some books - the next generation will thank you for it.
Otherwise, you have nothing.
"Everything shifts as you move, and different things come into focus at different points of your life, and you try to articulate that."—Chris Steele-Perkins
Few photographers understand their compatriots as well as British photographer, Chris Steele-Perkins. Born in Burma in 1947 to an English father and Burmese mother, two years later he moved with his family to England where he would grow up and later embark upon a career as a photojournalist. In 1979, at the age of 32, he joined Magnum Photos and his first book, The Teds, was published.
Teddy Boy culture developed in the London of the 1950’s. This new alchemy of teen culture fused Edwardian fashion, rock ‘n’ roll, drinking, dancing and, at times, collective violence into an original youth subculture. And like everything in Britain, social stratification and class played their customary roles. The Teds, for their part, were decidedly working class.
While Chris Steele-Perkins has enjoyed a long, storied career as a social documentary photographer covering a wide variety of issues, “The Teds” is something special. I pulled the book off my shelf yesterday, and as I smiled poring over the stories and images, I was reminded again why, thirty-four years later, “The Teds” remains a classic. —Lane Nevares
Our Fathers, who Art in Galleries,
Hallowed be Thy Frames.
Thy Candids come, Thy Shadows done
In New York, as it is in Istanbul.
Give us today our Daily Moment, and forgive those who cry Weirdo upon us,
Lead us not into Digital Manipulation
And deliver us from the Clarity Slider.
For the MoMA, the Steidl Deal, and the Lucrative Workshop
Are Yours For Ever and Ever
Girls Sometimes Want To Have Fun, a set on Flickr.Girls Sometimes Want To Have Fun!
untitled on Flickr.
Bush Of Ghosts