Going For Gold-iing
C.K Goldiing born, raised and working in Sheffield decided to take off to London back in July with only £100 in his back pocket and a unique vision. Having worked as a music TV presenter and professional portrait photographer, he decided to take his creative talent to London, to take on a one-off challenge. He wanted to take photographs of 100 up-and-coming, unsigned artists and live off whatever they decided to pay him.
The whole thing was a bit risky really. He explained that with time he had grown dissatisfied with himself, and through “sheer anger” had decided to take drastic action: “it just came to me one night. I had this idea to go to London and leave myself completely vulnerable”.
When I spoke to Goldiing he informed me that things were going great, he had photographed 56 of the 100 people he had aimed for and added, “just 44 more to go. I’ve been going over 100 days now. It’ll be 104 days precisely. But it feels like a lot less. I don’t really want it to end to be honest.”
Approaching people in local open mic nights, the venture had been a great success so far, his exuberant personality clearly helpful in this area. As his social media presence grew (he has now reached over 2,000 likes on Facebook) people have also started approaching him, one girl asking to travel down from Birmingham to have her photograph taken.
“To be honest with you, I have never fallen in love with so many people, so often” he said of the experience, beaming with examples of how generous and kind everybody had been, from paying him substantial amounts of money, to letting him sleep on their sofa when the nearest hostel had let him down.
“A lot of musicians have kept in contact with me as well, to check up on how I’ve been getting on”, he added. “A guy called Pete Scott who I photographed near the start got back in contact with me a couple of weeks after just to see how I was doing.”
There have of course been low points along the way, broken suitcases, worn down shoes that left his feet completely sodden from the rain, but resolutely optimistic he said: “I realised one day it’s only going to be as hard as I think it is.”
So is anything going to happen to the pictures once they’re done? He says: “I came to London with no great agenda, especially life after the project, but it’d be really cool to do something with my work. I wouldn’t wanna do pictures on a wall though. That wouldn’t be me.”