Untitled (Work in progress) – Steve Smith

Image of six paving slabs of varying dimensions, marked by cracks, lines and patination.
Untitled (Work in progress), 2021.
Image of six paving slabs of varying dimensions, marked by cracks, lines and patination.
Untitled (Work in progress), 2021.

This series of selected images is an ongoing work in progress. Walking the central and north London streets throughout 2020 and 2021, I have been photographing elements of the fabric of the built environment. Coinciding with the completion of my doctoral research by practice inspired by Nick Papadimitriou’s notion of Deep Topography, I have walked and documented the quiet city and the patterning of paving we often disregard in everyday passage through the streets, to closely observe the seemingly mundane as poetic documents of overlooked changes embedded in traces in the city. 

The paving slabs of differing stone and concrete, of varied scale, and marked by necessary changes to the infrastructure of the streets and neighbourhoods, indications of future adaptions to be made, and evidence of more impromptu human movement and actions of the past. These images will contribute to projects that document the fabric of the built environment and encourage works in my practice that attempt to break down distinctions between installation, sculpture and the photographic image. 

Steve Smith is an artist based in London who works across disciplines, from photographic and film image-making to sculpture and installation. Steve’s projects are often developed through walking and extensive site research and investigate how landscape and the built environment can be read as mnemonic geographies.