Bonington Vitrines #6: One Eye on the Road – festival and traveller culture since the 1980s

by photographer Alan Lodge


Nottingham Trent University (NTU) BA and MA Photography alumnus, Alan Lodge, comes from a free festival and traveller background. Living in old buses, trucks and caravans, he drove around the country on ‘the circuit’ with his family and friends. Since the late 1970s he has been photographing events and the people around him.

Documenting all aspects of alternative lifestyles and sub-cultures, Alan has photographed many free and commercial events, environment protest, land rights demonstrations, and rave culture. Giving an insightful view that only people who have been accepted into a community can really achieve, his aim has been to present a more positive view of people and communities that are frequently misrepresented.

The process has not been easy, as many people are suspicious of anyone with a camera and their motives. Conflict with the police in more recent years has become a fact of life, as has eviction from land and squats, and difficulties with children’s education when being continually moved on.

Alan had produced work for publications, galleries, events, and public spaces. Moving beyond photography, he has experimented with mixed media involving printed and projected text.

During his MA at NTU, Alan specialised in issues surrounding representation, presenting himself in print and audio-visual format. A member of the National Union of Journalists, he is a documentary photographer, a photo-journalist and ‘storyteller’ always on the lookout for another tale to tell.



Nottingham Light Night 2018

Friday 23 February 2018

This exhibition is just one of many activities by NTU for Light Night 2018 – view the full listing for more details.

Light Night is an initiative by Nottingham City Council, please visit their website for updates.



Fri 23 Feb 2018 - Thu 29 Mar 2018


Friday 23 February, 6 pm – 9 pm (as part of Nottingham Light Night); Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm



Wed 14 Mar 2018


5 pm – 7 pm, part of the preview for Lace Unarchived

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Coming Soon

Jan 2018 - Jan 2018
Fine Art Live Lecture: Ruth Angel Edwards
Film Night
Feb 2018 - Feb 2018
Bonington Film Night #8: Dirty Pictures, curated by Amy Budd
Feb 2018 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018 - Mar 2018
Bonington Vitrines #6: One Eye on the Road – festival and traveller culture since the 1980s
Apr 2018 - May 2018
Video Days