Love Bites poetically weaves together lives hit by decades of austerity, food poverty and isolation in The Bristol Channel.

Tim Richmond composes an elegiac, sombre ode to the pressures on small-town England, and encounters those attempting to find meaning and pleasure within it.

Beneath everyday photographs of food banks, punks, pleasure arcades, swingers’ clubs, shelters and new-build houses, Tim Richmond’s Love Bites describes a waning unease within coastal towns of Southwest England: a microcosm of post-austerity, post-Brexit Britain. Richmond allows these tensions to simmer on the surface: food poverty, isolation, commercial decline, housing precarity, homelessness, unfulfilled desire and longing mingle in the overcast, wide skies of the channel and its flat, sprawling coastline. 

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Untitled #63

Continuing in a long line of British photographers that weave poetry and lyricism into social documentary projects, Richmond uses a delicate colour palette and sympathetic lens to capture the everyday realities of isolation and desire in this corner of Southwest England. 

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Bed, Swingers club

NOTES TO EDITORS 

- 136pp, 280 × 220 mm, 84 photos
- Faux-leather silkscreened hardcover - February 2022 

About Tim Richmond: 

Tim Richmond (b. 1959) is a British photographer based in Colorado specialising in long-term documentary projects. His first book, Last Best Hiding Place, was published in 2015, and his work is housed in many private collections and has been shown internationally. Richmond’s work has been featured in L’Uomo Vogue, Telegraph Magazine, Vanity Fair, World of Interiors, Wonderland, Port, and many others. 

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Fruit Picker #4

About Loose Joints: 

Loose Joints is an independent publishing house collaborating with leading and emerging artists on contemporary approaches to photography in book form, founded in London in 2015 by Sarah Piegay Espenon and Lewis Chaplin. 

Loose Joints circulates new perspectives through a dedicated list seeking to elevate underrepresented voices in contemporary visual discourse. Each title is the result of close collaboration with artists from start to finish, with all design, editing and production done in-house. Loose Joints also operates independently as a design studio, working across publishing and the arts. Loose Joints is currently based in Marseille, where it also runs Ensemble, a bookshop and gallery dedicated to contemporary photography. 

For press enquiries, please contact: 

Sarah Piegay Espenon or Jeanne Aubert, Loose Joints press@loosejoints.biz / +33 (0) 4 91 93 75 95

Tim Richmond- Love Bites
Doniford

We are pleased to introduce Love Bites by Tim Richmond: an eleagic love letter to a coastal stretch of England that poetically weaves together lives hit by decades of austerity and isolation.

Along this twenty-mile stretch of one of the world's longest coastal mudflats, Richmond encounters those attempting to find meaning and pleasure within small-town England. Beneath everyday photographs of food banks, punks, pleasure arcades, swingers’ clubs, shelters and new-build houses, Richmond finds a waning unease to his subjects: a listless microcosm of post-austerity, post-Brexit Britain.

Love Bites allows these tensions to simmer on the surface of Richmond's cinematic, atmospheric images: food poverty, commercial decline, housing precarity, homelessness, unfulfilled desire and longing mingle in the overcast, wide skies of the channel and its flat, sprawling coastline.    Our book connects with the vernacular of Richmond's images, using a marker-pen hand-drawn title directly onto green fake leather, within an elegant landscape hardcover format.

A special edition of Love Bites by Tim Richmond is also in progress, each comprising:   - One of two analogue C-type prints, handprinted by the artist,    203 × 279 mm (8.5 × 11") - A signed first edition of the book Love Bites - Housed in a die-cut silkscreened slipcase - Each print an edition of 15 + 2APs

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Boxing Club, Watchet
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Chips, Burnham on Sea
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Garage, Wiveliscombe
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Paper Mill, Watchet
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Untitled #16, Bristol Channel
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Rabbits, Minehead
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Mecca Bingo, Taunton
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Untitled #128
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Dining Room, Hotel, Burnham on Sea
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Hotel Lobby, Weston Super Mare
Tim Richmond- Love Bites
River Parrett #9
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