Sam Stephenson is a self-taught photographer, first developing an appreciation for image making as a teenager working in his neighbour’s dark room. Sam’s body of work is an exploration of ’sub-culture’, the psychology and surrealism of being there. Sam focuses on the rise and fall within the everyday and his candid approach imbues moments of love, isolation, destruction and faith.
Sam speaks of his analogue archive as an expanding narrative, a storyline flowing in and out of consciousness. The process of cataloguing and placing each frame in time and memory has become an obsession – a tome of lone memories, shared memories, of moments misconstrued and bare reality.
This series examines and celebrates the existing divergences in perception for artist, subject and viewer. The experience of ‘being there’ is different for everyone involved and in his pursuit of a true storyline Sam is confronted with the possibility of ‘Fake Nostalgia’.