Photography Chronicle caught up with the Brighton-based creative and street photographer, Chris Harrison, and asked him about the origins of his Sideshow project..
Sideshow is an ongoing street photography project that I started in October 2016. It’s essentially me, going out into my home city of Brighton, without any expectation of what I might find. Although it didn’t start this way, over time it’s become clear to me that it’s an ongoing and unfolding exercise in testing the limits of my curiosity and receptivity. It’s also a kind of deep dive into repetition, too. I mostly walk the same circuit over and over again.
The project was born out of a growing need to do something creative for myself and on my own terms. I’d been working as a graphic design and brand consultant for around 25 years (I still do), and while that’s been great for the most part, the ups and downs of commercial creativity and running my own agency were starting to grind me down a bit. To a certain extent I felt that my creative tank was running on fumes and I needed to step back, recharge and take a leap into something fun and open-ended. Something capricious, a kind of folly.