Studio Goggin is the face of Simon Goggin, a Brighton-based artist and designer who has been photographing street posters for over 30 years. From old advertising posters that have decayed and been overlayed many times, to protest posters promoting powerful messages of dissent that have been ripped and torn, he finds a thrilling aesthetic in these street collages. His street posters are dirty, bleached and scratched most of the time, giving the source photography a living character, as if it’s a part of a living and growing environment. Today, he uses these images to create his Urban Language series.
He says: “I’m drawn to the endless accidental juxtaposition of type and image and sometimes the lack of order within the urban environment, and I think that’s where my ideas begin. I have studied and worked in graphic design, but I have always been drawn to photographing decaying street posters which inspires much of my design process. With a little sense of where I want to end up, I start to apply and overlay the photos until something concrete materializes. Random and unexpected compositions slowly become part of a larger, cohesive idea…“