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

Croydon was the place to be for a few weeks in October 2019 when Banksy opened a ‘showroom’ called Gross Domestic Product™.  Naturally I couldn’t resist being part of the action too, so I packed up a couple of cameras and joined the crowds to capture a glimpse of the iconic work for myself.

On arrival, visitors were greeted with classic luxury department store music, which played gently from speakers above the windows - the perfect touch for creating a festive vibe for a spot of pre-Christmas window shopping.

Security guards wearing beige trench coats were dotted around the shop front, 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 'store', so I decided to change things up and turn the camera on them.  I'm really pleased with the way these images came together, and it’s one of my personal favourite collections to date.

Gear used:
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.
Edited / Processed with Lightroom.

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All images and words © 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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