Documentary Photographer Jack Harrison is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From his project ‘Home Front‘. To see Jack’s gallery of projects click on any image.
Home Front is a project I started two years ago in the midst of studying my degree within photography. The title is a mix of Hometown and National Front (a heavy Right-Wing political party which existed some what 20 years ago and held a heavy influence in the areas that I have made the photographs within). The photographs span from my hometown, to outskirts and further areas in which I have attended right-wing rallies in order to document the intentions of the people. I wanted to keep engaging with it because of this complex relationship that I have with the people and the area to navigate my personal feelings but also provide a correct method of social history of the people and the place. A sense of self-denial overwhelms me as I am drawn to this subject but know it is not for me, others have fled the area as soon as possible but I believe I have the courage to continue to stay and document it.
Growing up in this area I was aware of its history of racism and its ability to exert its violence to anyone who was other than White-British. The photographs reference symbolic identity and culture that marks the history of British nationalism in its present mode. Although the majority of conflict had happened before my time it still holds a heavy influence on the areas that it had been founded upon and within my photographs they hold these traces of history. The symbols of cropped hair and Doc Martin boots are not something that holds a fashion statement to my opinion but some one who longs the lifestyle of the ’86 skinhead.
Overall, What I want the project to show is that it isn’t the people who have a particularly racist background but the environment and it history is able to shape those who are brought up within it and with my insecurity of becoming one of ‘them’ I instead begin to photograph it.
By Jack Harrison