Oli Kellett is a British photographer based in Hastings, UK. Since 2008, he has dedicated himself to exploring the urban setting and our relationship with the crossroad. Using his large format camera, Kellett travels America to transform the everyday into spectacular beauty.
According to legend, Robert Johnson, the Delta Blues musician, met the devil at a crossroads outside Memphis and sold his soul in exchange for his musical talents. He was forever plagued despite his success.
Faustian Tales are more popular at times of moral crisis. We live in an era of fake news, political polarization and algorithmic echo chambers. Our experience of the world is fractured as we live out multiple identities on and offline.
Crossroads are a democratic place. We all have to wait. On average, we will spend five years ‘waiting’ during our lifetime. Being held at a ‘DON’T WALK’ sign allows us a few seconds, and occasionally minutes, to ask ourselves ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘Where are we going?’
At the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Oli Kellett was awarded the Rose Award for Photography and the Arts Club Award, awarded to an artist aged 35 or under for a work in any medium. He was recently awarded the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161 Bronze Prize.
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