Alcohol consumption is a highly debated problem in the UK: binge drinking and its consequences often make newspapers’ headlines. Attention is usually drawn to anti-social behaviour and health related problems – the type of imagery associated with these articles tend to depict young people in altered and somehow comical states.
Rather than focusing on the actual act of drinking, this project concentrates on what I call “reminders”, that is what’s left behind: the tangible and material outcomes of “boozing”. While proofs of the night’s before excesses are usually quickly swept away in the richer/tourist facing areas of the city during the weekend, poorer areas of London remain covered with reminders of alcohol consumption. Beers, energy drinks and various types of bottles or cans are often “beautifully” positioned in some really imaginative places.
The amount of alcohol related junk found in some neighbourhoods is an obvious reflection of the relationship between consumption and less privileged economic environments: in a society where class divisions are strong, a geography of consumption would be an interesting project to look into.
The images below were produced during various weekends of wandering around: objects were photographed as found.