Over the weekend, I saw photographer Doug McKinley speak at the Destinations travel show in Earl’s Court. His advice to become a better photographer? Get in as close as possible and make a connection with your subject.
That immediately brought to mind one of my favourite London-based photographers, Pete Zelewski, because that’s exactly what he does. Pete has been working on a project since the beginning of 2011 to photograph the people of Soho, an area he sees as the true heart of Bohemian London.
He’s agreed to let me share some of his images here. The stories and descriptions below them are written Pete as well. These are a few of my favourites (though I love absolutely all of them!)
Fashion designer Marisol in Lexington Street, Soho, Central London
Former Sex Pistols bassist and current Philistine, it’s Glen Matlock in Bourchier Street, Soho, Central London.
Swedish retail assistant Carolina from American Apparel (and her sister Gabriella), Bridle Lane, Soho, Central London.
Fashion student Leuti in Tisbury Court, Soho, Central London.
Heavy metal guitarist Henry in Goslett Yard, Soho, Central London.
Vintage clothing retail assistant Sofia in Stacey Street, Soho, Central London.
London’s most iconic and influential tailor who has dressed countless celebrities including Paul Weller, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and the Kray twins. It’s the legendary Mark Powell in Lexington Street, Soho, Central London.
Stylist Jet in Wardour Street, Soho, Central London.
Full time dreamer Matilda in Stacey Street, Soho, Central London.
Stylist Kevin in St. Annes Court, Soho, Central London.
Entertainment lawer Angela in Fouberts Place, Soho, Central London.
Music and drama student Bibi in Ingestre Place, Soho, Central London.
Tattooist Yaz from Tattoo World, Greens Court, Soho, Central London.
Keep an eye on Pete’s Flickr page for more and to see the rest of the series.