Flats centres on a council housing block constructed in 1956 as part of the massive post-war house-building programme, designed by Sir Leslie Martin, principal architect of The Royal Festival Hall. Drawing upon archival material from a book Martin wrote in 1939 titled The Flat Book, the work explores photographically the idealistic vision of the young architect, using the building and the current inhabitants of the block to illustrate the ideas of his ‘modern world’ today, in essence the realised future of his 1939 vision.
Flats is a photographic exploration of Leslie Martins vision of the ‘modern world’ as told through the lives of the current inhabitants of one of his buildings. Through a mixture of archival material and contemporary photographs the body of work delves into the everyday world of the occupants of a council block designed and constructed in the mid-twentieth century.
Sharon’s practice draws from the sphere of social documentary photography and concentrates primarily on people and places that from the outside seem unexceptional and, by the very nature of their everyday-ness, are overlooked.