Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience — the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. That's what Southend artist Elsa James wants people to do and there's still a bit of time to help her do that as her residency at the Firstsite gallery Colchester comes to an end. I can recall countless upsetting stories that I overheard as a child of my Windrush generation parents discussing with my aunts and uncles about the blatant everyday racism and unfairness they would encounter. Originally from West London, Elsa has been an Essex girl since , first moving to Thurrock and then finally settling in Southend ten years later.
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Each portrait is a collaboration and I encourage suggestions on location, themes, pose and dress etc, so that sitters are projected in the way that they would like to be portrayed. All participants have a connection to Essex, and I aim to include a diverse range of backgrounds, age, abilities, class, ethnicity, body shape, sexuality, geographical locations etc. Photographed outside the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff-on-Sea, where she once did work experience. She also worked at the local Odeon cinema, practicing her lines in front of the screen whilst picking up litter. She is specially trained for combat scenes such as sword fighting and martial arts - hence the pose in the portrait. Born there, lived there, love there. Photographed at in the morning, just before she started a
Southend photographer hopes Essex Girls project will 'challenge stereotype'
If I had hailed from elsewhere in England, I am confident he would not have made such a remark. But then, "Essex girls" have come to expect a certain amount of sneering when our origins are discovered. It is all the fault of a decades-old stereotype which is so ingrained in British culture that it has its own entry in the dictionary. The origins of this label possibly lie with the concept of Essex man - that almost forgotten relative of the Essex girl - which reared its head in the early s. Journalist Simon Heffer used the term to denote a new type of Conservative voter who was "young, industrious, mildly brutish and culturally barren".