Film-based documentary photographer Vincent Chapters has collaborated with media company BUILDHOLLYWOOD family of JACK, JACK ARTS and DIABOLICAL to create an accurate and authentic snapshot of London life. As part of the Your Space Or Mine project, the display will be his first-ever street exhibition.
If anyone knows London, it's born-and-bred resident Vincent Chapters. The 29-year old is intimately familiar with the city's residents and unique quirks, all of which take centre stage in his exhibition of evocative images. Taken from Vincent's Nuff Love project, the photographs will take over BUILDHOLLYWOOD'S poster sites across the capital.
Using London's street environment, lifestyle, and culture as inspiration for his work, Vincent distils the urban landscape's dirt, dynamism, and joy into his images. Capturing friends, passers-by, architecture and the one-of-a-kind medley of characters that make up some of the capital's different scenes, he is carving out a niche with his authentic, urban style. And his Your Space Or Mine is the perfect showcase of his immense talents.
Created by BUILDHOLLYWOOD, Your Space Or Mine is described as "the country's biggest ongoing creative project on the street". The initiative aims to give artists a creative platform on the streets to support the creative community and energise local neighbourhoods. Founded on the belief that art should be for everyone and made accessible for all to enjoy, this worthy project has also seen involvement from Gum Man, The Molasses Gallery and Matty Bovan, amongst others.
Vincent promises to be the perfect fit for the project seeing as his photographs balance both integrity and visual appeal. Spanning eight years, the selected images document a series of moments in the lives of Londoners going about their business, like a sequence of vignettes of inner-city life.
Chapters is renowned for his flair for taking relaxed but compelling portraits of the people he's drawn to, and this exhibition will be no exception. His pictures are celebratory, and, as a result, they're characterised by a visible reciprocal respect between photographer and subject – there's a lot of love in these images.
An important thread running through these works is a Britishness that doesn't perpetuate American-centric ideas of what the country stands for. Rather than making a study of working-class London for the benefit of a comfortable elite, he's an insider taking portraits of life that unfolds around him,
"Most of my pictures are taken all around the city – the good and the bad," Vincent explains. "I try to keep it as honest as possible. In terms of my influences, it is just inner-city life – the energy within the city, the different kinds of communities within it and just the lifestyle of it.
"I remember when I was younger and American culture was heavy. America's point of view of our identity was just like Hugh Grant, tea, and scones, all that stuff. I was just like, hang on a minute. I can't believe they actually think that. So then I just thought, let me show the different worlds within this city."
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