For over eight years J A Mortram has been photographing the lives of people in his home community of Dereham, a small town in Norfolk. His photography explores the everyday lives of people struggling to survive in an era of welfare cuts, diminished local government resources and an overburdened health sector.
Jim’s work covers challenging subjects such as physical and mental health, isolation, addiction and self-harm, but is done so with compassion, understanding and friendship. Published as a book in 2017, Small Town Inertia is a firm rebuttal of the cheap political rhetoric, ‘we are all in this together’.
“All the millionaires and that, they are sat there in their big houses and judge us. The benefits people always fob us off, every week they say ‘You can’t expect us to give you money straight away.’ and yeah, that’s alright but you don’t know how we have to live, what state we have to live in and you’re there going home to your nice food, to your brand new car, a seven bedroom house and were left here and no one has a care in the world.” Market Town, Simon & Kirsty: A Prison Without Walls.