My first photo for the new Mass Observation Project was inspired by a shot posted by Jon
. His photo of a soulless modern shopping centre made me think about how my home city contrasts with that. Chichester has all the same high street shops as pretty much anywhere in this country but they are housed in a huge variety of buildings, from medieval structures, through Georgian houses and modern, purpose built designs. At the centre of the city stands the Cross, an octagonal stone structure which dates back to the late 15th century. It would originally have been the centre of trading in Chichester – a market cross. However, today it acts as a meeting place, as you can see here with all the children gathering after school has finished for the day. I framed this to include Chichester’s most recent new shop front which is itself grafted onto the outside of an older building. The two girls coming out clutching bags of goodies was an added bonus for the shopping theme!
Many thanks to Jon for suggesting and coordinating this Mass Observation Project. It is in response to the project of the same name
which took place in the United Kingdom in the 1930s and 40s to record everyday life. On the first Monday of each month Photoblog members will post a photo on a particular theme depicting life in their own country. A list of all of this month’s MOP photos can be found here