People Like Us: Northern Realism

2 Jul 2015 – 5 Jul 2015

Event times

Thursday 6 till 9 - Friday 4 till 8 - Sat & Sun 1 till 8

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Doomed Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 38, 56, 149, 277
  • Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction rail
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Although these creatives come from various cities and towns across the UK, it is their enthusiasm towards BMX that brings them together, to go against the grain and break the conventions of popular culture.


Doomed Gallery presents 'People Like Us', a group exhibition produced by like-minded individuals that share similar concerns, values and ideals, offering a slice of life from the greyer areas of Britain. Working with a compilation of snap-shot style imagery and the embedded intentions to observe and document the society and friends around them, this group exhibition provides an unconventional view of the modern world and respectfully representing the People Like Us.

Featuring work from;

Sean O’Connell (Brothtarn): taking the Kitchen-sink / Social Realism approach to the documentation of life ‘up north’, which will bring you back to a time when you was just a youngster; smoking cigarettes in a run-down council estate with those friends your mother never trusted for all the right reasons. It’s almost as if Chris Killip rode 20”.

Joe Bailey: whose work speaks for itself, predominantly notable for his raw attitude towards BMX journalism and the resonating punk aesthetics, capturing the harsh realities of BMX lifestyles by providing a behind the scenes experience into BMX Culture in the UK. Keeping things real.

Leigh Harrison: focuses on the deviancy and lifestyles of those within the BMX culture in the East-Midlands, pushing photography beyond the constraints of your latest smart phone and into the streets where it rightly belongs. Offering a break from hegemony and a sense of freedom from the norm, simultaneously liberating the image and subject into an equally democratic environment.

Jamie Shipston: spends his spare time on the streets of Sheffield focusing on the commonality of strangers he meets. Epitomising British culture through colour snapshots, offering a cheap saturated and humorous view of south Yorkshire we can all relate to. 


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Joe Bailey

Leigh Harrison

Sean O’Connell

Jamie Shipston


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