Tenure of Villains explores the changing social landscape of my home-town, a historically working class suburb of London. I examine the relationship between image capture and transience, with a purpose of preservation of culture. The inhabitants have a common sense of identity, originating from traditional villagers way of life. They are often eccentric, and always proud. But, as developers creep in and build on what is left inside the greenbelt and a commuter station for Chessington on the Cross Rail 2 project is proposed, residents fear the community will become unsustainable and the character of the town will be destroyed.
The title of the project refers to the status of the manor of Cisendune, the land on which Chessington now sits on, recorded in the Domesday book of 1086. During this time the term 'villain' was described as a serf, rustic or peasant.