Camberwell sits in the middle of the London Borough of Southwark. Clacton-on-Sea is in Tendring, Essex.
In the recent EU referendum Southwark was the 14th most Remain part of Britain, whilst Tendring was the 14th most Leave area in the country.
As someone who loves Camberwell, and the EU, I see and hear the arguments and reasons why places like Clacton wanted to leave the EU but I don’t necessarily understand them. I live a very different life in an inner city neighbourhood to coastal town in Essex.
How did people in both areas come to their decision to leave or remain? How did our country become so divided? Is there a way to heal the divisions and respect the other’s decision?
I’d love to find out.
This is not an exercise in trying to change people’s mind.
This is not an exercise in blaming the other side of the debate for the result.
I am organising an exchange visit with people from both towns to visit our respective neighbourhoods.
I am looking for LEAVE voters from Clacton and REMAIN voters from Camberwell who would be willing to share their experiences of their lives, why they live where they live, their jobs, their friends and neighbours,
their attitude to politics and politicians, and why they voted the way they did.
I would love to organise an exchange trip where myself and others can show you around my beloved Camberwell, show Clactonites the sights, meet some wonderful people and hopefully residents of Clacton can host some Camberwellians in their home town and show off what is best about their corner of Essex.
I want to understand more about the lives of people outside the London bubble and hopefully people from Clacton would like to find out a bit more about us! This may not make either of us change our minds, but would hopefully help heal the differences between the two sides and respect the other’s decision.
As a photographer, I would like to photograph and film the people involved and document the discussions so hopefully you would be happy to be involved in this process.
I am planning to organise the trips sometime in July and August, (and hopefully have a lovely time by the sea if the sun ever comes to visit!)
If you have any questions, please get in touch. You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07939 250935.
Thank you and see you soon in Clacton-on-Sea / Camberwell!