“303”, 2019 | Thomas Dryden-Kelsey

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Thomas Dryden-Kelsey is a  British documentary Photographer based in the UK. He works on long term social documentary projects across the UK.  He is based in the South West. As well as this he works on commissioned, independent and street photography. 

We asked Thomas to discuss his recent series '303'.

I remember travelling to school back and forth from just outside Andover to a small turn off past the A36. A journey is undertaken for 5 years between the ages of 11 and 15.

For some reason, this English highway has been in the back of my mind ever since adolescence.

I wanted to reflect on its structure and what we may come to call the “traditional British Road”. Descending from dual to the single carriage I started to document my findings. Bricked up buildings, roadside cafes, open fields, waitresses, KFC, Stonehenge Solstices and a human encroachment that depicts all that is English and all that is traditional along this famous southern road stretching across five counties.

We are more than ever modifying our British Landscape to fit our lifestyle. In my mind, the 303 is an ever-changing quintessential English road. Long have there been plans to develop the road to dual carriageway from Andover on the Hampshire, Wiltshire border to Honiton, Devon.

This body of work is a long term project of a journey into the culture of a 93 mile stretch of English A road.

For more of Thomas' work, go to https://www.dryden-kelsey.com/

All images and text © Thomas Dryden-Kelsey