A406 – OR KNOCK VERY LOUDLY PLEASE
A Photographic Exhibition by Colin Hutton
The Strand Gallery , 32 John Adam Street, WC2N 6BP - Free Admission
Nearest tube/train – Charing Cross
Opening hours/run; 11am to 6pm – Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd March 2015
One day nearly four years ago I was stuck in traffic on the A406 North Circular
Road in London. It was not the first time and I knew it wouldn’t be the last, but
for some reason on this particular day I decided to get out and walk. I had my
camera with me. It was the beginning of a journey that lasted nearly two years.
Through night and day, rain, wind, snow & sun I made over 40 trips as I walked
the entire length of the road, some 29 miles.
The A406 ranges from a single lane to an 8 lane motorway traversing round
one of the biggest cities in the world. Thousands of people live on it, at some
points literally feet from the deafening thunder of traffic.
I found myself drawn not so much to the road or the cars, or even the people
but to the small things; the things people drop, the things we neglect and leave
behind. Stairs that lead up to a house that no longer exists, a lamp post
suffocated by ivy, a broken credit card emblazoned with a speeding horse that’s
The North Circular is a patched up artery that pumps life around London yet
few ever stop to look. I did and these photographs represent my journey.
About Colin Hutton
Colin Hutton is a professional photographer based in London who specialises in
TV & Film publicity imagery for the both the UK & International Broadcasters.
His background as a screen-writer and Fulbright scholar have influenced the
artistic and narrative approach to his work. His images have been exhibited
widely by the Association of Photographers & the Royal Photographic Society.
Images from his A406 project was awarded a prize in the 2012 International
Street Photography Awards.