Shouldn't Throw Stones - The view of a Night Watchman is a 2 year documentary project produced by Photographer/Artist Kevin Casey. Casey creates work for commission in both commercial and Fine Art practices. Trying to survive as a practising artist and provide for a family is an increasingly difficult task to do in todays culture. Because of this Kevin has had to take a variety of jobs to gain a regular income and try to sustain a creative practice. He has been working as a Night Watchman/Security guard at the ex HQ of what was a Glass manufacturing Empire 'Pilkington's' in St Helens Merseyside. He has documented his role as a Night Watchman and the working life of the current employees that still remain on the 32 acre complex. He has also collected archive materials of what remains from the glass industry artefacts left on site. The book is a reflection of the role of a night worker, the U.K. manufacturing industry, the role of trying to sustain as a contemporary artist/photographer and an exercise in recovering and documenting archive materials.
Photography by Kevin Casey (lensbasedmedia.org)
Designed by Matt Lewis (http://themodernworld.co.uk)
Essay and interview by Laura Robertson (http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk)
Foreword by Liz Wewiora (https://wewioraprojects.com/about/)
All archive materials have been provided by Alexandra Business Park.
104pp / 215mm x 279mm
170gsm silk text
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ISBN : 9781904438854 / Binding: Paperback / Size: 265 x 180mm / Price: £8.99 / Published by : The Bluecoat Press
Closing Time is a book of colour photographs documenting the closed and abandoned pubs throughout Liverpool's working-class communities. Taken between 2007-2010, the images are a stark representation of the decline of 'The Local' as patterns of work and life have changed.
Although focusing on Liverpool Closing Time highlights a national issue. The pressures of the smoking ban, cheap super market alcohol recession and the attractions of home entertainment have all taken their toll on the traditional working - class night out. Since 2005, over 6,000 of Britain's pubs have closed, representing a great loss socially, architecturally and economically. The photographs also highlight a wider issue of Britain's urban decay that, far from being turned around by the regeneration scheme of the 1990's and early 2000's, has continued apace in most parts of the U.K.
Curated by Jack Welsh & co-produced by Kevin Casey at the Cornerstone Gallery, Processing, was an exercise of collaboration between writers responding to the works in progress of 4 Liverpool photographers. The Arts Council funded exhibition and crowdfunded newspaper was produced for the Look/13 International Photography Festival at The Cornerstone Gallery. Processing is a term constantly used in photography terminology and practice. The project gave photographers, writers and viewers an opportunity to experiment with form and narrative and give an essential need for critique for developing work in a gallery context with an international audience.