Thamesmead, East London

Thamesmead, East London

Welcome to URBAN EXPOSURE, a showcase of work by photographer James Wakefield.  

For the past fifteen years, my lens has focussed on failed human environments through an initial aesthetic interest in urban decay.  My interest has taken me through a variety of ruined landscapes, from the concrete council estates of Northern England to the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.  This website includes a variety of projects, all concerned with the central theme of failure but with radically different subject matter and photographic approaches.

I am a recent graduate of the Photography & Urban Cultures Masters programme, within the Sociology department of Goldsmiths.  The course has radically altered the way I interpret the urban environment and my photographic practise.  Today, I am concerned with in-depth projects that combine sociological research with photography, particularly around the rapidly changing face of the London landscape, and what this means for social architecture.