Panoramic Images

A collection of panoramic photos from the camp dating from 2015 until late 2016.

The first visits to Calais immediately revealed the problematic nature of using a camera to document the space and it’s architecture. We became sensitised to sentiments of poverty voyeurism, intrusion, invasion and the potential to compromise peoples identities regarding asylum status. Priority was given to documenting the space whilst being respectful of people’s wishes not to be photographed.

The panoramic feature of the camera-phone permits a different gesture of recording: a way to document the camp that differed to a typical photo-journalist type image. It was less invasive to the photographed: with the sweeping movement of capturing the image avoiding focus on any particular point or person.

All faces caught while capturing images of the space have been subsequently blurred.