Kensington Blues focuses on the men, women and children who live along Kensington Ave in North Philadelphia. Shadowed by an elevated train, known as the El, the Ave runs approx 3 miles into North East Philly. Under the El, drug use and prostitution are widespread. Many residents are caught in a loosing battle with their drug addiction and live day-to-day to supply their habit and avoid dope-sickness. This drama unfolds every day on the Ave as if it were a stage and the rush of El train above, its curtain. Using photography, audio recordings and journal entries my work explores the state of mind of those who struggle to survive the neighborhood and themselves. By utilizing first person story telling, my goal is to tap into the hearts and minds of my subjects and viewers equally, drawing forth the human condition and encouraging compassion for one another despite the vast differences between us.
Jeffrey Stockbridge (b. 1982) is a photographer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Widely known for his large-format color photographs of urban areas overcome by drug use, prostitution and wide-spread abandonment, Stockbridge’s work bridges the gap between documentary and fine-art photography. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Delaware Art Museum, The Fleisher Art Memorial, The Wapping Project Bankside and Galerie Huit. Stockbridge studied photography at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.