The Great Brixton Project
Thanks to The Great Brixton Project who have included my image of Brixton Selfie in their photobook. The book is a showcase of Brixton with people being asked to submit images of the area that we know and love.
This image was taken on the 25th April 2015 at Reclaim Brixton Demonstration. The aim was to demonstrate the community’s concern about the area’s gentrification, with locals being priced out of the housing market and smaller, individual businesses being driven out by high rents.
For me this image has humour (serious faces providing contrast) but also shows the police in attendance who may be part of the same South London community who very likely face the same issues of affordability whilst living in London.
Brixton has always been at the centre of change and it continues to evolve today. The idea of the photobook is to document the changing faces of Brixton over the years, capturing the living history of one of London’s most unique communities.
The initiative for the project comes from The Champion Agency in Brixton, the UK’s only creative agency and social enterprise that champions young creative talent.
“This is an open invitation to everyone to join us in telling the story of Brixton and what makes it so special,” says Scott Leonard, director of The Champion Agency.
“We might not be able to change the change, but we can document it before it changes beyond recognition.”
The Great Brixton photobook is available now and can be purchased here.