Spencer spent the summer of 2023 documenting the gyms set up by the charity Steel Warriors and the community of athletes that have grown up in London.

Steel Warriors takes knives off the streets of the UK and turns them into outdoor calisthenics gyms. Knives are melted down and turned into bar parks that are donated to local councils. There are currently three parks in London including one in Brixton prison. Built strategically in gang neutral zones within some of the areas most affected by violent crime. Each of the gyms has trainers, who are employed by the charity, that provide free classes to the local community. The aim to provide a healthy outlet without a price tag.

“What initially drew me to make work on this subject was the simple idea of turning something so destructive into something so positive for those communities. What kept me invested in making the work was seeing the amazing dynamic, gymnastic ability of the community that use the park and the diverse mix of characters that you find there.”