Most of these people were already running or contributing to such a community project and came to share ideas and meet others with similar interests.
I was invited there to show the images from my Closed Down Southampton project (documenting the over 140 closed down and disused shops and commercial buildings in Southampton, many long-term abandoned) and say a few words about it.
The event was a collaboration between Creative Places, Culture Southampton, Tiger Yard Pop Up Shop & Community Space and The Southampton Collective.
It was warming to be amongst so many people with the time and energy to focus on making their city a more vibrant and community rich place and an honour to be invited. Of course, I took my camera along to photograph the event: