InstaBAM! - Peter Mitchell
As both lorry driver and photographer, Peter Mitchell documented 1970’s Leeds with a “strangely familiar” outlook. The photos themselves are quietly friendly, and give a “sense of home, through their box shapes and pitched roofs.”
The beautifully warm hues give not a sense of nostalgia, which Mitchell drives away from, but instead a “gritty sentimentality” which is present in all of the portraits. This sentimentality is apparent from the small figures stood humbly in front of their dwellings, some of which stand proud, some of which are a ramshackle, and some of which are part-way through being demolished.
From the eyes of the 21st century it feels almost other-worldly - these people “clinging on” to their businesses, where so many have depleted around them. This collection of photographs portray an array of different and engaging characters that Mitchell captures with his distinctly humanistic gaze.
These are the small details of another life captured from the eyes of a rather spectacular delivery man.