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Street photography displayed on disused St Werburgh’s billboard

By martin booth, Tuesday Jan 21, 2020

A photograph of six Bristol Waste workers has been installed on a disused billboard in St Werburgh’s.

The billboard on York Road is now used for regularly changing artworks rather than corporate advertising, with Colin Moody’s photograph a way of saying thank you to the people who keep our streets clean and tidy.

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Moody, who has led street photography workshops for Bristol24/7 members, submitted the photo to Adblock Bristol as part of their ongoing Burg Arts project.

He told Adblock Bristol: “I was walking around Bedminster looking at all the people coming and going on East Street and I noticed that the road was clean and tidy, and these lads were all stood in a row outside one of the cafes.

“We had a little chat and I asked to take their photo. Love a bit of banter. And here they are. Keeping our, their, your streets clean so we can all enjoy our life.”

The not-for-profit Burg Arts project showcases community artwork as a positive alternative to corporate advertising displayed on billboards in the area – photo by Martin Booth

Moody added: “In my photography I try and give a voice to those who we might not hear a lot from, or to peek into lives in a meaningful way that makes us realise how many layers of community there are in this city.

“We don’t always notice one person so when groups form in unexpected places I love to snap that and engage with my subject. Hands up for the waste team. Top job.

Main photo by Martin Booth

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