Happy Club

Sandra Mickiewicz photographs a community born out of adversity in Jaywick, England

Words by Sandra Mickiewicz

Jaywick is known as one of the most deprived areas of England because the town struggles with problems such as unemployment, poor health and crime.

Over the past year, I have gained the trust of the local community and have been invited to photograph a social group known as the Happy Club, set up in 2015 to serve as a meeting place and support network in a local church.

These photographs focus on the idea of community in spite of difficult circumstances, and their acceptance of me as a photographer documenting their community and becoming a part of their social circle.

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Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
 

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Dean Davies
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