Aden, Yemen born 1965
(Little girls vacuuming lawn)
Collection Title: the series Living Room
Place made: Nottingham, Nottingham, England
Materials & Technique: photographs, direct positive colour photograph
Living Room is Nick Waplington’s first body of work, published in book form when he was barely more than a teenager. Born in the Middle East, during his childhood he travelled extensively, his father employed as a scientist by the nuclear industry, and then studied art at Worthing Art College, Trent Polytechnic and The Royal College in London. From the age of twelve he regularly visited his grandfather who lived on the Broxtowe housing estate in Nottingham in the East Midlands. Inspired by the shambolic, chaotic, often joyous everyday lives of friends and neighbours, Waplington began recording with his camera what he saw, using a panoramic format to capture it all. The images display disarming and gentle humour combined with an energy and engagement that is hard to resist. The image of the girls vacuuming the lawn was, perhaps not surprisingly, the one chosen for the cover of the book.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra