Exhibition "Mostly Left Turns" by Graeme Weston

08 September 2016 - 17 September 2016

14:00 - 16:30

The Magic Gallery
Charing Cross Undeground Arcade
United Kingdom

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All comers£0.00 

The fourth show in The Magic Gallery's series of emerging talent to exhibit alongside Honorary Fellow Brian Griffin’s Himmelstrasse is Graeme Weston's 'Mostly Left Turns'.  More details below.

Opening times

The Gallery and Exhibition will normally be open as follows:

  • Thursday 16:00 to 20:00
  • Friday 11:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 11:00 to 17:00

Other times by appointment.  Please check this page before you travel to check times and email magic@rps.org if you have any queries.

About Graeme Weston

Graeme Weston is a photojournalist living in London, working with film and photographs to tell local stories.

In 2015 Graeme won the Lens Culture “Visual Storytelling Award” for his project “Mostly Left Turns” documenting the locations and circumstances of the eight cyclists killed in London in that year, and the Financial Times “London and the World Photo-essay Competition” for his study entitled “The Hill” on the vestiges of Clerkenwell's once 12,000-strong Italian community.

Graeme holds an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication, University of Arts, London. His work has been featured in international publications and media including the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, London Evening Standard, Metro, TimeOut London, BBC Online, and exhibited in the UK and US.

He has just completed a residency at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) in central London documenting staff at work.  His work can be seen at an exhibition entitled "Our Working Lives" at the The Street Gallery, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU.

Artist Statement

“Mostly Left Turns” is a project visually documenting the locations of all cycling fatalities in London during 2015. It consists of a series of photographs depicting the last movements of the eight cyclists killed that year. The title reflects the fact that all but one of these deaths were caused by left-turning lorries. The one exception being the death of Clifton James in Harrow who was killed by a car. Of the seven cyclist killed by lorries it’s notable that six of these were women.

The eight fatal accidents presented are in chronological order. Each photograph is taken at the site of the accident, and a light trail depicts the last moments of the journey of the cyclist. Where the light trail ends is the spot the cyclist was struck, and more often than not, killed instantly.

The light trails were created by a cyclist riding towards the camera set to a long exposure, their bike fitted with a very bright, but commonly available, bike-light. It seemed important somehow that a bicycle be used as an integral part of the making of these images. In every instance myself and a friend, Tim May, rode to the scenes at dawn in order to take the photographs without any traffic present.

Year on year more cyclists are taking to the Capital's streets making over 23 million journeys by bike each year.  And the rise is expected to continue.  There have been five cyclists killed in London so far this year.

“Mostly Left Turns” won the Lens Culture 2015 Visual Storytelling Award.

For more details and images about Graeme's Exhibition, see here.



Images and text ©Graeme Weston

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