This summer, photographer Sam Mellish presents his touring exhibition, as well as new book, Roadside Britain. The work celebrates 4 years spent venturing along the UK’s many trunk roads in search of the traditional and quintessential aspects of British roadside culture.
Roadside Britain, published by Diesel Books, includes contributions from photography critic Max Houghton and social and cultural historian Joe Moran. It aims to represent the traditional and quintessential aspects of British trunk-roadside culture, with emphasis on location and environment.
Inspired by the likes of Paul Graham and the photography of the Farm Security Administration survey of 1930s America, Sam spent 4 years venturing along the UK’s many trunk roads to bring home a real taste of roadside Britain. Inviting parallels to be drawn between roadside culture in the UK and US, especially the cultural movement around Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and the iconic Route 66, Sam created the work with an innate desire to learn more about his homeland, coupled with a real love of the open road and a good cup of tea.
General release for the book is the 1st July 2012, with his touring exhibition starting on the 3rd of July. Between 10th – 31st July Sam’s exhibition will make a stop at theprintspace gallery. So keep eyes open for more information on this!
Sam Mellish was born and brought up in Suffolk, UK. Learning 35mm photography whilst on a project with Raleigh International in Namibia at the age of 19, his passion for travel saw him working as a freelance chef around the world as he built his portfolio and made the transition to full-time editorial and documentary photographer.
Sam’s early career saw him working with the leading extreme sports magazines and associated brands, before returning to London at the age of 28 to study for a Master of Arts in Photojournalism. He has since settled in the city, where he has broadened his client base to include some of the UK’s leading commercial brands, and continues to publish and exhibit his work.
To find out more about Sam, his work and Roadside Britain just visit his website.
You can also pre-order the book now by clicking here!