Photography: 15 Londoners

 

Imagine the stories.

You can see them in the eyes, in the fashion, tattooed on the skin, in posture and body language and personal hygiene. London is home to characters from probably close to every country, every religion, every political background, every racial background, every sexual background, etc. on this planet. There are somewhere around 300 languages spoken here. Some people were born here in Charing Cross Road or Ealing or Tottenham; somewhere around 1/3 of us were born abroad. Some are educated at Oxford or Harvard. Some never went to school at all. Some have jobs that pay millions. Some don’t have jobs at all. Some are spending millions on luxury interior designer to deck out their West London mansions, others are content to find a dry dilapidated cardboard box to spread on the pavement at night and gather enough money for a bit of breakfast.

Of course we all know these things already. It’s undeniable that this incredibly diverse mixture of people who call London home is one of the first cited reasons that people give when asked why it’s so interesting to live here. They are also one of the biggest draws for street photographers.

These 15 powerful photos, recently added to the Flickr pool by some talented photographers, don’t even begin to touch on such a full scope of people, but they say much more than words ever could about this city.

LondonPhoto: London by Zbigniew Osiowy

*Photo by ML6B

Wind blowing blonde hairPhoto: Wind Blowing Blonde Hair by Snowpine

Harsh RealityPhoto: Harsh Reality by simon.anderson

London Tattoo Convention: StylePhoto: Style by John and Tina Reid

Portrait of a stylist wearing sunglassesPhoto: Portrait of a stylist wearing sunglasses by Snowpine

Carnaby Street foreverPhoto: Carnaby Street Forever by J.I.R.O.

A bearded man with his petPhoto: A bearded man with his pet by Snowpine

London Tattoo Convention: Happy CanvasPhoto: Happy Canvas by John and Tina Reid

UntitledPhoto: Untitled by rbreve

the dangers in admiring your own footwearPhoto: The dangers in admiring your own footwear by Charlie Colmer

{132} BeautyPhoto: Beauty by Tyla’75

London Tattoo Convention: Living CanvasPhoto: Living Canvas by John and Tina Reid

Young lady sitting on a bench, wondering...Photo: Young lady sitting on a bench, wondering… by Snowpine

A ginger haired guy with stylePhoto: A ginger-haired guy with style by Snowpine

Time has left marks in my facePhoto: Time has left marks on my face by Snowpine

“The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.”
Charles Baudelaire

Imagine the stories.

Londoners on Brick Lane: Photography by Justin Sneddon

Back in March, I interviewed London taxi-driver-cum-photographer, Justin Sneddon for London Art Spot. He managed to find that courage to start approaching random strangers in the streets of London to photograph them. These are some of his latest shots – a few of London’s cool and quirky hanging out on Brick Lane.

Brick Lane Street Portrait
Brick Lane Street Portrait
Brick Lane Street Portrait
Brick Lane Street Portrait
Brick Lane Street Portrait
Brick Lane Street Portrait

In celebration of reaching 500 Facebook likes for LLO last weekend, I will be giving away an 8×10 print (or a couple) from my Etsy shop….when it reaches 550! Nearly there then. So share the link, tweet the link and free prints up for grabs soon.

The People of Soho by Pete Zelewski

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!)

The People of Soho: Fashion Cognoscenti

Fashion designer Marisol in Lexington Street, Soho, Central London

The People of Soho: Ex Pistol

Former Sex Pistols bassist and current Philistine, it’s Glen Matlock in Bourchier Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Oh Carolina

Swedish retail assistant Carolina from American Apparel (and her sister Gabriella), Bridle Lane, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Design For life

Fashion student Leuti in Tisbury Court, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Metalhead

Heavy metal guitarist Henry in Goslett Yard, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Second Hand Chic

Vintage clothing retail assistant Sofia in Stacey Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Tailor Made

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.

The People of Soho: Jet Boy

Stylist Jet in Wardour Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Dream On

Full time dreamer Matilda in Stacey Street, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Rose Tattoo

Stylist Kevin in St. Annes Court, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Legal Eagle

Entertainment lawer Angela in Fouberts Place, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Be Here Now

Music and drama student Bibi in Ingestre Place, Soho, Central London.

The People of Soho: Soho Ink

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.