“Bacchanalia”, 2019 | Samuel Fradley


Samuel is a British documentary photographer based in Plymouth who runs his own company, The South West Collective of Photography Ltd, with the ambition to promote photography in the South West of England. In his personal works, Sam searches for stories that are different, unique and often on the fringe of society, as he believes that these make for the most interesting stories. His work also explores other genres of photography, while occasionally focusing on current global events or responding to stories closer to home.

We asked Sam about his latest work.

On a leisurely walk to Haldon Forest in Devon with friends, we discovered something. The space where we had been exploring changed into a location where people had been undertaking sexual activities. This photographic series studies Haldon Forest over several months to see how the space changes with its apparent regular use.

Sexual adventures have always been on the outskirts of contemporary society and are often looked down upon, however dogging, in this case, gay dogging, is a far more controversial topic of conversation. In some of the images, you will see the people who followed me through the trees, in others, you will see the car we followed after the old man driving asked if “us boys were looking for some fun”. This body of work serves as a documentation of the space and my observations over several months.

To see more of Samuel’s work, visit www.samuelfradley.com and to check out The South West Collective visit thesouthwestcollective.co.uk

All images and text © Samuel Fradley