There’s a certain intensity to living in a city, which is something that you either love or hate. Personally it’s what keeps me living in London and in particular Hackney. I love the strange characters, underground clubs, dodgy alleyways and secret worlds where no-one knows knows quite what goes on. The diversity, sense of community and vibrancy is all around, at any time of day or night and is what keeps me stimulated and inspired and reluctant to ever leave. It’s particularly intense in the Summer, when everyone is outside, living their lives on the street.
For me the only city to rival London’s street life is New York and like London, I’m drawn to the run down, downtown areas, yet to be discovered by high street retailers and property developers. Like London, these areas are becoming rarer and rarer, but have been captured by some of the most famous street photographers in a new documentary, Everybody Street.
Featuring interviews with Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell and Martha Cooper among others, Everybody Street “pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.”
One to watch out for, if you love life in the raw.