About the Book
Justine Roland-Cal’s collection “ From the East End to Valencia” is a series of portraits that document alternative lifestyle, through diverse characters captured across London’s east end, festivals sites, travels and street life.
The black-and-white images reveal human life in its various guises and evoke tenderness and warmth for each sitter. The subjects are relaxed and natural before the lens, as if unaware of the photographer and blissfully ignorant of the camera, they are not posing or smiling but caught off-guard in all their vulnerability and humanity.
From the sullen-looking girls in “Teens” to the eccentric grandmother recalling her glorious past in “The Fan“ each picture offers a fleeting glimpse into another life.
The book contains 43 images taken between 2003 and 2014, for further information on the artist visit www.justinerolandcal.com
Justine Roland-Cal is a self-taught artist who has been painting since the early 90’s. She began to make art at a time in her life when the action of expression through painting provided a new direction and form of interaction with the world around her. She has since developed a body of work both figurative and abstract which identifies many aspects of her own life, her daily encounters and her political voice. She makes work that explores very diverse aspects of living. Many of her paintings represent a personal response to what concerns her as a woman and a humanitarian. She has a striking use of colour, which prevails in huge ecstatic canvases of abstract expressionism and insightful documentation. Justine Roland-Cal continues to experiment both in her chosen medium of painting and now in black and white photography. Her photography is a collection of spontaneous portraits of unusual characters and street documentation often concentrating on alternative society.