As a celebration of the music heritage of the capital, Alex Bartsch’s latest project puts the reggae artists and musicians of the 60s, 70s and 80s right back into the surroundings which helped form their work.
Holding each album cover at arms length, he has reshot a series of over 40 reggae sleeves in exactly the same place as they were originally taken in postcodes stretching across the capital. It’s a simple trick – but one that cannily brings these record sleeves to life again, while putting them within the historical context of the city.
“The image on a record cover usually remains within defined borders, instantly recognisable as a record cover, but not so much as a location,” says Bartsch. “Approaching the scene from a wider angle and revealing the cover’s surroundings brought me, and will hopefully bring others, closer to the time and place of the original photo shoot.”