Meet Joe & Billy, Joe’s a Leicester lad, Billy’s a Bristol boy and both graduated this year from the Photography Course at London College of Communication. “At college we were a bit frustrated at the lack of work we were producing, so we set ourselves the challenge of making eight books in eight weeks. That way at the end of each week we would have something to show for, even if it wasn’t fully furnished.”
This is where the boys first began to concentrate on documenting pockets of British culture, from the gills and mongers of a frozen Billingsgate, to the exotic Palm Tree’s of Peckham.
In their final year Billy & Joe continued their collaboration, only this time travelling the length and breadth of the country on a Megabus and using film as a medium to bring their subjects to life.
“Megabus is amazing because you can get anywhere in England for a fiver on a Wednesday.”
“SEA MEN is a collection of short documentaries filmed on the English coast, chronicling encounters with men and boys, and their relationship to the places they inhabit. Each video comprises of an encounter with a complete stranger and a selection of landscapes and details related to this meeting, which once assembled form a vignette of that moment. From the outset we wanted the films to contain slow meditative takes, like those we had seen in Gideon Koppel’s Sleep Furiously, undeniably the driving force behind the whole project. As a proponent of ‘slow cinema’ he utilised a quiet and contemplative photographic method, stopping to appreciate the everyday activities, and the more unassuming among us.”
Joe and Billy have been filming footage for our sister project, Joyride. A bi-monthly garage dance club and exploration into car culture.
The first thing they filmed for us was a performance and fast motorbike meet, surrounded by the sound of throttle and back firing exhausts at the Ace Café in North West London. We then went to a Saturday night drifting competition at Arena Essex Raceway, one minute they were up in the commentary box, the next in the passenger seat heading sideways round the track. They have just filmed a portrait of the modern day icon Nicky Blackmarket to accompany Ollie’s article in this issue.