RAT RACE 2004
The purpose of the project was to document what working life is like in the early millennium by illustrating the daily routine of the many thousands of people who work in the high-pressured, high-stress environment of the City of London. It is a concise social documentary of the “Rat Race 2004” and records people’s expressions, surroundings and movements during a typical work day.
The locations chosen were the Square Mile’s main entry and exit points, through which 350,000 people flow across each day, and popular congregation spots.
The photographs were taken during the winter of 2004, which provided the advantage of a dreary atmosphere emphasising the theme. But the low light conditions also made underexposure a constant problem when trying to freeze subjects. This was made worse by needing to shoot during dark mornings while people travelled into work.
The portfolio will express the pace of the city revealing something of the physical and mental pressures modern work life has on people.