Desert Fest: Portraits from a Stoner Rock Festival
Author: Sam Mellish
Published: 30th April 2017
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Desert Fest is a London festival of stoner rock – heavily distorted, groove laden, bass-heavy melodic metal. Away from the crowds, thundering guitars, blood, sweat and occasional tear, this new work embraces the stoner rock community. The work features unique portraits of people taken at the 5th annual Desertfest in Camden, April 2016. All images were captured using a Zone VI large format camera. Printed on 100% recycled paper, this is a limited edition publication from Diesel Books.
Watford Gap: The First Motorway Service Station
Published: 15th October 2013
Mellish’s third book, Watford Gap is an intimate study of the myriad different people who pass through the doors of the UK’s first Motorway Service Station. Achieved by setting up a pop-up studio at the northbound Watford Gap services, my aim was to fix a snapshot-in-time of the different people seen passing through its doors on a daily basis. The title features an exclusive prosimetrum by the celebrated poet David Harsent as well as archival imagery from the prolific documentary photographer Martin Parr. The work is a both light-hearted and touching portrait of the UK on the move.
Title: Roadside Britain
Author: Sam Mellish
Published: 1st July 2012
Roadside Britain by Sam Mellish shows the traditional and quintessential aspects of British trunk-roadside culture, with emphasis on location and environment, in a series of beautifully shot images from across the length and breadth of the UK. The author spent four years venturing along the UK’s many trunk roads to bring home a real taste of roadside Britain, with an innate desire to learn more about his homeland, coupled with a real love of the open road and a good cup of tea.
Introduced by renowned photography critic Max Houghton and with a preface by celebrated British social and cultural historian and journalist Joe Moran, Roadside Britain depicts the people and places of a threatened livelihood. It is by turns warm, nostalgic, quirky and melancholic and has immediate appeal to anyone who has ever driven any distance along the country’s A and B roads.
Title: On The Road London to Lands End
Published: 19th June 2010
On The Road is a limited edition monograph photography book. During the summer of 2008, taking inspiration from the iconic Route 66 culture of America, Sam Mellish ventured along the Great South West Road, the A30 and A303 to document a real taste of roadside Britain. Inspired by the likes of Paul Graham and the photography of the Farm Security Administration survey of 1930’s America, Mellish created this work with an innate desire to learn more about his homeland and its own roadside culture.