Leaf community through the lense

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This portrait of Ray Costello as part of the Space in May exhibition ©PeteCarr

This portrait of Ray Costello as part of the Space in May exhibition ©PeteCarr

A photographic project showing a day-in-the-life of the Leaf community will be on display at the independent tea shop from May.

Photographer Pete Carr, a local artist who specialises in architecture, portraits and events, compiled the collection of Leaf customers on one day for the exhibition Space in May.

The project aims to show the identity of a community through its visitors.

Pete Carr said: “What interested me most was taking the time to engage with the community to look beyond the clichés and stereotypes of trendy city cafes.

“Leaf attracts a vibrant community which is hard to categorise as it is made up of a lot of highly individual creative people. For this project I wanted to capture a sense of who those individuals are.

“Each person has their own unique identity, which all contribute towards the characteristics of the larger community.”

The photographic portraits were taken in a photo booth within the tea shop on Bold Street over a single day in February and included a range of people, both young and old.

Ray Costello, a local expert on black history, took part in the portrait exhibition. One of his most recent publications was written while he sat in Leaf.

The micro-exhibition will run from 17th May until the 16th June.

Interview with owner of Leaf

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