People rush past each other, play music, shout, preach, dance, talk on their phones, take selfies, go shopping, argue and love. People from a huge variety of backgrounds whizz past each other and they intermingle in this self-contained bubble of culture.
Photographer Charlie Clift wanted to capture where he lives in his latest series, celebrating Brixton's life, soul and spirit.
"It's the characterful people of Brixton that I wanted to capture," says Charlie. So he hit his home turf with a small team and brought the studio with him: a grey backdrop and a light on a stick. "I wanted to use the backdrop to pick out the individual, but I also made sure to leave the street around them as a frame within the picture to show their connection with Brixton."
I know myself how difficult it can be to persuade someone you want to photograph to give up their time. People are suspicious when a stranger approaches them with a camera. "I tend to use what I see to make a connection," adds Charlie. "Like the guitar, they have just finished busking with, the brightly coloured tracksuit they are wearing or the bouquet of lilies they are carrying. A compliment can go a long way. Then of course, once they’ve said yes you have just a couple minutes to engage with that person to create a moment.
"I just throw myself into it and see what happens. This can sometimes lead to wonderful things occurring, for example on this shoot we ended up having a reggae dance-off with strangers in a phone shop."
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