You’re looking for treasure and if you’re really looking at things, you’ll find it.
I began taking pictures of the houses I passed on my way into the studio. Some of them are beautiful, and there’s one that’s looked after so well. I felt a real joy looking at these things.
I started to look closer, maybe because of lockdown as well, looking at things and thinking, what keeps me going? Why am I doing pictures of modern domestic houses? But the houses on the local modern estate are all a standard format and built as cheaply as possible. For everyone living in those houses, they have their jobs, they have the meetings and the deadlines…then they go home, to their refuge.
There are all these stories and lives being lived and we forget to pause and see that.
Read Johnny’s full article on how the Little Utopia work inspired his homage to Magritte