New book celebrates Gloucester Road
A LOCAL photographer and author is set to release a second street photography book supported by Destination Bristol and Visit Bristol.
Colin Moody’s book The Great Bristol High Street - Glorious Gloucester Road will launch on Thursday April 30, and it follows on from the success of his first book, Stokes Croft and Montpelier.
Speaking about the book, a spokesman for publisher The History Press said: "Traders are the heart, soul and backbone of our high streets. Their shops provide a focus for the community, a friendly face and in hard times, a helping hand. This project recognises the personalities and services we rely on and which add to the layers of history already laid down with Gloucester Road as the Great Bristol High Street.”
Author Colin Moody has been a photographer for 15 years. Speaking to The Voice about the book, he said: “Gloucester Road is fiercely independent and there is a strong community. My key focus was to give a voice to those that aren’t usually heard, and the whole project took a year from start to finish. I wanted to capture the passion that people have for the businesses along the road, and also showcase the future by capturing images of children during a ballet class – it’s certainly a very special street.
“I’ve been helped, fed (a special thank you to Maryem who gave me her sofa for the night!), guided, advised and welcomed by so many who wanted to share their thoughts on the road and what makes it tick, or been nudged on social media to look here and there. Never just a referral but often a back story and a reason why. This has shaped the project in a profound way and it has guided the way I have chosen to take the images. I am not seeking to add elegant touches, light it up and snap it to package it to you in a glossy way. I believe in good documentary to boldly capture what is there, offering a glimpse of something deeper.”
To order the book, visit: www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/the-great-bristol-high-street/9780750992497/