This is the 'on-line' version of a physical exhibition 'DISTINCTIVELY DIFFERENT' that was presented in September, 2018. This exhibition was part of the 'Narrating Identity' section of 'Landings 2018,  an international collection of current work by students and staff of the Online MA Photography course at Falmouth University. See the link and snappy video at the bottom of the page for more detail.

Graham at the Distinctly Different exhibition, 3rd Sept., 2018

'DISTINCTIVELY DIFFERENT' is an illustration of an ongoing project began in module 3 "Informing Choices" of my MA course,  a selection of a number of enterprising shopkeepers of Croydon. Shops where proprietors have created establishments that are distinctively different from those around them.

A collection of twelve photographic prints and a TV screen presentation of short video pieces was exhibited at La Zaris Art Gallery, Croydon (UK) from the 3rd to the 8th September, 2018.

Video taken


Entering the Audio Centre (Croydon) to see Alfonso repairing some HiFi equipment

Walking into RickBottom, Croydon to see Carl in his ground floor practice studio.

Walking in to the clothing/food/hair accessory part of Sophia’s shop

Crossing the road and entering La Zaris Art Gallery & Hairdressers for a collaborative photoshoot with Kish Soobramaney

Walking into see Nick & Carrie before the shoot at at The Ludoquist, Croydon High Street

Video taken from crossing St. Peters Road to enter the very Italian La Spezia. No sound, too much traffic noise.

Publicity image used in support of the physical exhibition of twelve images and video pieces at La Zaris Art Gallery, 3-8th September, 2018

Publicity image used in support of the physical exhibition of twelve images and video pieces at La Zaris Art Gallery, 3-8th September, 2018

My 'Distinctly Different" collaborators shops can be found at the following locations:

Reg & Paul - High Street Radio & Photographic - Croydon Photo Centre, 94 High Street, Croydon CR0 1NG.

Alfonso & Tricia - The Audio Centre (Croydon) - 45A South End, Croydon CR0 1BF

Jonathan - Just Flutes - 46 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DP

 Ian - Headjoint Maker & Flute Repairer - 46 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DP

Carl - Rockbottom - 68-70 London Road, West Croydon CR0 2TB

Manoj - N. Tapper Shoe Repairs and Key Cutting - 10A London Road, West Croydon CR0 1UW

Salal & Adam - Shadi Bakery - 79 London Road, Croydon CR0 2RF

Sophia - Morning Star Hair & Beauty - 193A London Road, Broad Green, Croydon CR0 2RJ

Del (& Max) - Cockneys, 51 Frith Road, Croydon CR0 1TB.

Kish - La Zaris Art Gallery - 380 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, Croydon CR7 7JF

Carrie & Nick - The Ludoquist - 63-67 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QE

Giorgio - La Spezia - 12 Ye Market, Selsdon Road, South Croydon CR2 6PW

'Distinctly Different' was a small part of LANDINGS 2018, an international collection of work that is being shown from the 17th - 24th August. 2018, see www.landings.2018. A short video intro: 


All of of my collaborators, and those who very kindly took part in a recent workshop on this exhibition; Mike Fresh, Chris Bovell and Beverley Wilson, my tutors and fellow students on Falmouth University's 'Flexible' Photography MA course for both their critical and supportive comments.