Great Yarmouth Portraits
Tommy Lee Grimmer
PRIMEYARC, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth
Friday 2nd June to Sunday 2nd July
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 12 pm to 4 pm
£ FREE Entry, ALL WELCOME
A joint photography exhibition of the work of Barbara Laws and Tommy Lee Grimmer, who have both been documenting the people who inhabit Great Yarmouth through different lenses.
Tommy's portraits, titled The Independents, feature local traders and manufacturers who work independently in Great Yarmouth. The subjects are photographed in their work environments, surrounded by their tools and products. This collection serves as a record of a significant moment when the existence of independent businesses is threatened by online commerce and large corporations. Tommy's subjects include a diverse range of individuals and groups, such as a fishmonger, key-cutter, hairdresser, furniture salesman, clothing manufacturers, hardware seller, and a taxi driver. By presenting people in their natural settings, the photographs capture a specific moment in time and celebrate the contributions of independent businesses to the town.
Tommy is a resident of Great Yarmouth and a recent graduate from Norwich University of the Arts. He presented a previous collection called "Southtown" in 2021 and has since continued to explore his hometown, gathering subjects for The Independents over the span of a couple of years.
Barbara, who resides in Norwich, has documented encounters with people on the streets of Great Yarmouth. Her portraits provide an honest and direct survey of individuals she met during several months of exploration. These photographs showcase the diversity of colours and cultures that contribute to the vibrancy of Great Yarmouth.
Barbara, a frequent visitor to Great Yarmouth, has been attending monthly FOTO/SOCIAL sessions organised by Utter Nonsense at PrimeYarc led by Mark Cator and Debby Besford, which led to discussions about presenting a new body of work.
Both bodies of work have been commissioned by Utter Nonsense.