Riley’s’ by Harry Hodkinson is a collection of collages made from a log book found in an abandoned Riley’s Snooker Hall in Stockport. Hodkinson’s reinterpretation of the handwritten notes, photographs and documents dated between 2000-2012 tell the story of a space adored by its members, exploring the power of escapism that exists in these social spaces.
The grainy imagery is transportive, harking to a time before camera phones in which printed photographs possessed substantially more significance.
As a local to the region, Hodkinson grew up exposed to jovial, booze-laden, working class social environments, sewing an exploration of self and home into the publication’s seams. For a culture that is frequently characterised in a bad light, Riley’s portrays an alternative perspective, revealing the intimate and loving moments found within its hubs and highlighting the need for their protection.