Portsmouth is an island city, the second most densely populated outside of London. It is within the top 20% of most deprived authorities in the country despite being within one of the richest counties. ‘A Stones Throw’ explores the impact on the city and its residents from 13 years of government austerity. It tells the stories from those who have been left behind by a system that privileges the few at the expense of the many. It is an invitation to reflect on the complex and often invisible social issues that affect working class communities whilst also embracing the unique identity of what it means to be ‘Pompey’.
Karl Bailey is a photographer living and working within the south coast city of Portsmouth. His work primarily focuses on themes of class, culture, and identity using the city as a platform to create dialog around social and political issues.
He is interested in storytelling and exploring ideas around the invisible and overlooked and is continuously fascinated by the medium of photography.
© Text and pictures by Karl Bailey