When researching images of Chandler’s Ford online, I came across this intriguing art work named Chandler’s Ford, by local artist, Bob May, on Flickr.
Mr May created alternative illustrations. He would get old books, cut out the pictures, and make new pictures by carefully recombining the elements to surrealistic or amusing effect.
I asked Mr May the story behind this piece of art work about Chandler’s Ford, and here is his interesting reply:
“I was born in Bitterne and have spent most of my life in Southampton. During all this time Chandler’s Ford has represented the idealised out of town comfortable place to live. People moved there if they could afford it. It became a byword for smug conservatism. “
“Now I live there too, having, apparently succumbed to its allure. Sure enough the local spirits have been at work and I find myself agreeing with David Cameron now and again, to my surprise. The picture sums up a lifetime of scepticism of suburban values. “
“Look at the expression of the guy on the right, that’s me. Well, it makes a change from the inner city environment where I worked for 26 years…”
Find out more about Mr May’s alternative illustrations.