"When I think of London, I think of it as a living, breathing organism that is endlessly growing in an organic manner, - disordered, chaotic, ungainly, vigorous and feral. It can be kind and cruel, punishing and forgiving, light and dark, as it pulls and pushes its people along the way. The light can seem to dance along the streets to its own playful tune of promised hope. It winks with every glint and glides slowly with the earth’s shifts, reflecting from the windows along the cobbled stone, cement and brick surfaces. Then suddenly it is gone and the shadows beckon, luring us in with their false secrets. Both the light and the dark have tales to tell, and refracted on the varied surfaces they distort and change into legend. It is this folklore, stories told and retold and developed through time that really gives each different district their distinct and sensational auras.
Despite numerous cataclysmic upheavals to its physical fabric, London continues to regenerate from the ashes; like the growth rings on a tree, each generation brings to the stage endlessly repeated dramas of public disorder. While the facades may change, the ghosts with their stories remain. Following the London Wall from Tower Hill through the Barbican down to the Old Bailey, not only are you witness to Roman, Medieval and post-World-War-II structures, but also to the presence of an immediate past with places such as Newgate prison and ‘Bedlam’(Bethlem) Hospital. Even around the Whitechapel area where the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders were committed in the late 19th century a seedy and sinister air lingers like a stain you cannot remove-despite all the buildings having been pulled down and the street names changed in an effort to erase those horrific crimes.
Peter Ackroyd, one of the most upheld literary authorities of London, claims that "the character and atmosphere of different London districts inhere over time by an 'echoic' haunting process that controls human activity within them". This may be one of the answers as to why certain zones like Chinatown, the city, the red light district in Soho, or even Hampstead give off hot and cold sensations, making up their very own psychic micro-climates, giving each place its own unique character.
It is the overlap of these histories and myths, in each corner of London that makes its people feel more connected to the inhospitable environment of the metropolis. People want to leave their mark and also discover ancient traces in order to feel more at home in an indifferent city. We leave our mark in more ways than we realize. It’s not just in the graffiti or the etchings we leave, but also the way we dress, the extra-curricular sub-culture lifestyles we lead, the stuff we throw away, and the spaces that we don’t use that in time develop into their own entity. London, I strongly believe, is the perfect breeding ground for the many different lifestyles that it encourages and spawns. You can simply be without raising so much as a second glance.
I wish through my photography to seek out these lost social ley lines within London, to discover what we often take for granted, to see how we make our mark on our city, and in turn how this makes London so surprising and different from any other city. I want to approach the obvious, the recognizable, and then the forgotten and the disregarded parts of London to show that there is magic everywhere. I will be concentrating equally on urban landscapes as well as on Londoners in their locales, ranging the wide spectrum of emotions and atmospheres. I hope by listening to the echoes and following the shadows to uncover the unconscious cultural contours of London and share some of its innermost and lost secrets."