A Stone's Throw From The Shard | 451life

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A Stone's Throw From The Shard

The most wonderful thing about this film made with graphic artist, Joseph Warren, is the time it takes. It takes time to be creative. You have to know what to collect, what to point your camera at, what to ignore and why.

We first meet Joseph near The Shard in Bermondsey, London – one of the city’s oldest boroughs, right by the river Thames. It is also the site of some of London’s newest developments, The Shard being the most visible example of this gentrification. Joseph is looking in hidden corners. He picks up fragments of typography and imagery – from the side of a skip, ‘outsider typography’, or on an old wall behind a security gate. These ‘fragments’ could be gone tomorrow. However, Joseph is not an archivist or collector - back in his studio he starts to ‘play’ using what he has found to create dynamic and arresting graphic images. Stories are essential to his process and Joseph talks about our need to connect post digital. His use of maps, industrial typography and graphics creates a visual language that takes us beyond the reduced palate of the digital world.

A Stone's Throw from The Shard is one of our longer films and purposely so. We wanted it to reflect his trained eye and the pleasure he takes in his craft. In common with all our contributors Joseph’s work is built on putting in the hours and enjoying the process.