Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product™
Originally written October 2019 for

Croydon was the place to be for a few weeks in October last year when Banksy opened a ‘showroom’ called Gross Domestic Product™. Of course I couldn’t resist being a part of the action too, so I packed a couple of cameras and joined the crowds to capture a glimpse of the iconic work for myself.

On arrival, visitors were greeted with typical luxury department store style music, which played gently from speakers above the windows. I’m not sure if this was the reason everyone seemed so calm, but it definitely created a festive vibe and made my insides feel fuzzy thinking about the artist’s attention to detail.

Security guards sporting beige trench coats were placed on the street, and were happy to chat to anyone who came along who was interested. Turns out they worked in shifts, so there was 24 hour surveillance on the showroom. Can you even imagine this as your job for three weeks? Working for the Banksy?!

The majority of people were photographing the items in the ‘shop’, so I decided to change things up and turn the camera on them. I really love the way this collection of images turned out, and I’d have to say it’s one of my personal favourites to date.

For my fellow camera nerds:
Day photos were shot using my beloved second-hand FujiFilm X100 - Quite possibly the best $100NZD I’ve ever spent.
Night shots were created with my Canon 7D Mark II with Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM ART lens.

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All images and words here are © Amanda Ratcliffe.
Not to be used without written permission from the artist.
Find more information about Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product™ here.

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