The Big Issue : Edition 435
26 thebigissue21Jun–4Jul2013 committing those to film potentially opens it to political posturing. Despite the problems, a sense of community was still to be found and the experience was occasionally very moving.” Young describes the project as being about revisiting the “sensations, colours and smells” of his childhood. At times this proved elusive; impressions can be distorted by time. And while Young knew the area as a child, the locals he was now meeting were middle-aged and older. In addition, of course, the town had undergone many changes over more than two decades. The old lawn bowls club was still there, but many of the other buildings around it had been demolished. Young did, however, get the chance to visit duck hunters’ huts at a nearby pond and take photographs at the end of the hunting season. The experience brought back some strong impressions from childhood. “A friend’s father was a duck hunter when I was a kid and I [could] remember the smell of the ducks hanging in a shed at the back of their house,” he says. During his stay, Young also attended a rehearsal of the town’s brass band in the well-preserved local hall. The bandleader, a tuba-player who had been a member since 1946, showed him the band’s archives and historical photographs. Among the photos, Young spotted one of his childhood friends, then aged around eight or nine, posing with his trumpet. “His bright, shiny instrument had seemed so exotic and foreign to us as children. It was preciously guarded by him and he had played, together with other siblings, in the band.” There’s bleakness and beauty in the scenes Young depicts. “Death and entropy were recurring themes and it was surprising to me how candid and forthcoming [strangers] I met were,” Young says. “I didn’t feel like a stranger and, after only a few awkward moments, I felt accepted into the fold.” by Sophie Quick » Christopher Young is raising money to publish a book of this series on Pozible. For more information on the campaign, visit pozible.com/project/20221.