Steve Fuller, local photographer, shares stories of the other eclectic Camden Road!
There’s more than one Camden Road, and notably the one in my lovely home town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent is one that is worth exploring, and as a Tunbridge Wells photographer myself I wanted to create a little personal project about this unique road.
It’s a pretty special road in that all you will find there is a treasure trove of independent shops, run by some of the most dedicated and hard working folk you will ever find. Friends of mine own and run their own stores, and so I hear first hand about the sheer graft that goes into making a business successful.
Being self employed as I know all too well, is both incredibly rewarding and hard work, but add onto that leasing a shop and all the outgoings like business rates, paying staff and all the other things before you make a profit, then you begin to get and idea of what lengths owners go to in pursuing their dream.
Each store in Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells is uniquely different and has always interested me, so I’ve been planning this project for a while now.
I wanted to choose a handful of stores at random and to shoot a single portrait of the characters that run them, whilst also wanting to find out their personal story and journey that finds them where they are now.
So on with the stories, let’s get started…….