London is a unique city; and its people are an integral part of what renders it so distinctive. But even for someone whose mind, body and soul is weaved into the fabric of London’s multiple rhythms, its ebbs and flows, its neatly kept squares and picturesque parks, its concrete jungles and dimly lit walkways, its backstreet boozers and luminous thoroughfares, the capital can seem hostile at times – and that is true for someone who’s lived here all of his life and is like the city’s son.
That said, there is one part of London that has the power to transform the spirit no matter how you feel. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have been or what you want to be, Soho will wrap her arms around you and treat you like one of her own.
Although her boundaries lie within the center of London, her ambience couldn’t be more outside of the mainstream. There’s not many places left in London that embody ideologies of love, tolerance and acceptance.
Where else in the metropolis can you approach strangers and ask them if they mind being photographed? It wouldn’t be possible in the part of London where we grew up – you would be glared at suspiciously and accused of being undercover police – and that’s before we lived in an Orwellian style state.
So, Soho Street Shoots is about the balance between artist and subject, spectator and player, and culture and space. Because after all, everyone is equal – especially round here.
Words by Ray Kinsella Photos by Ki Price