Matt Round & Simon Edward Johns: ‘Fore Street Project’

‘The Fore Street Photography Project’ is running from Saturday, 24th October – Friday, 6th November

Photo by Matt Round Photography.

Photo by Matt Round Photography.

Already seen this exhibit and loved it so much you can’t stand to see the end of it? Matt is aiming to turn the exhibit into book form, so watch this space. There’s currently a crowd-funding campaign to raise the necessary funds – any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Coming together for the ‘Fore Street Project‘ are Matt Round and Simon Edward Johns, the result of which has been a striking collection of photographs. Each picture captures one aspect of the life of Fore Street’s traders, as well as the architecture of this historic part of Exeter.

“I’d wanted to do a project like this for some time,” said Matt. “The subject matter came about quite organically for me. I’ve been spending more time on Fore Street over the last year, getting to know a few of the locals. A chance conversation with Simon led to us wanting to do something together. I figured, why not concentrate on an area of Exeter that has a common interest to us both, and where people are likely to be willing to get involved.”

Originally from Kent, Matt moved to Exmouth at the age of 8. Though he did some photography during his mid-teens, it wasn’t until 2009 that photography became Matt’s full-time occupation. He now works with the Express & Echo, and other publications.

Why did Matt decide to become a photographer? In his own words, “I needed the camera to start earning its keep.”

Seen as Exeter’s independent quarter (or as Jon Massey of Velveteen put it, “Exeter’s answer to Camden”), Fore Street is home to several wonderful businesses, selling everything from vintage clothing and antiques to buttons, beads and violins – and not forgetting the best homity pies and chai latte. It’s a street bursting with friendly faces and charisma, and spreading that news is Matt and Simon.

You may remember Simon from his previous exhibit at the Glorious. “Each time I went into town to take the pictures, it was a different process, and it evolved,” Simon said. “I learnt a lot about my own process. I love the family portrait of No Guts No Glory, and the one of Henrietta from Book Cycle.”

“Fore street and it traders have a lot of great things to offer,” Matt said. “I’d love for this project to raise the profile of this end of town.” 

You can keep up with Matt’s work here, and Simon’s here

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