On the road; on the streets Recent photography by Lance Tabraham

On the road: Kiss the Mirror

Kiss the Mirror was the outcome of my Master's project. In summer 2018, I travelled by motorcycle to various biker venues and events, and took hundreds of black and white portraits with a medium format film camera. Although originally envisaged as an objective survey of a contemporary subcultural fashion, I came to realise that the project was in fact a psychoanalytical road trip on which I was searching for my own identity as a biker, and indeed my identity as a photographer.

For the first planned output of the project, nine images were selected and printed for exhibition.

They are on show at the #LCFMA19 exhibition 15-17 March 2019 at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH.

All negatives have been retained as a foundation for the continuing development of the work.

Tony: Triumph Bonneville
Jay: Ducati Monster
Mike: Honda CB250
Dean: Yamaha YZF-R1
Dev: Suzuki Bandit
Sue & Fred: Triumph Trophy
Louis: custom Honda
Julie: Yamaha Fazer
Ant: Triumph Street Scrambler

On the streets: MIX x LCF

I joined a small team of postgraduate students collaborating with trend prediction agency Colour Hive to produce a 10-page section on trends for the under-25s. I wrote and illustrated an article on the resurgence of postmodern architecture, titled 'Less is a bore'.

Issue 53 August 2018

On the streets: Processions

In spring 2018, I documented artist Lucy Orta's banner-making workshop for women prisoners in HMP Downview. The banners celebrated the centenary of the first women to vote in the UK. They were designed and made by the prisoners, who drew upon the history of suffragettes and their own experiences as women prisoners for their inspiration.

The finished banners were taken on a ceremonial procession at the site of HMP Holloway, where suffragettes were imprisoned. The banners then formed part of the Processions event that took place 10 June 2018 in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Processions was a mass participation artwork produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW.

Cameras are not normally permitted in prisons, and the Ministry of Justice imposed a number of restrictions on the photographs I could take during my visits. In particular, individual prisoners were not to be identifiable.

The following photographs of the workshops were all reviewed by the Ministry of Justice, and were included in the press imagery for the Processions event.

Lucy Orta banner workshops in LCF's Making for Change facility at HMP Downview


Lance's career follows an eccentric orbit around the built environment, imagery, and higher education in the art and design sector. He has created maps and illustrations, worked in photo libraries, and managed teams collaborating with academics and practitioners.

His recent work as an artist photographer makes use of digital and film photography to explore the representation of subcultural identities, fashion and artefacts.

In November 2018 he completed an MA in Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion, UAL.

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