Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what drives young people to commit terrorist acts and to be honest it isn’t a one size fits all sort of story. However I do feel that the narrative a lot of the time lacks depth, more often than not radicalisation or terrorist acts stem from religion or they don’t. The story never begins with cause, and then there is also that double standard with mental health issues and the colour of the killer. My problem is that as people we are incredibly complex and add on top of that the influences of our environment and society at large, huge shifts in our psychological and emotional states are rarely from a single trigger, but we never discuss this.
So I wander around a lot, I will get bored and just walk out of the door with my camera. There is something about London that makes me very comfortable…from how diverse it is, to how accessible it is to everything that interests me. I guess living somewhere by yourself and still trying to balance your life priorities and your social schedule (currently in revival…hello summer term 😝) leaves you with a lot of alone time, and as much of an introvert as I am, I still need to live in a city to contrast my hermit lifestyle. London is the extroverted introvert, it’s constant noise and bustle but then you venture into its parks and its silence, or its quiet chatter and laughter in the background (or at least it is when the sun is out, otherwise its drunk football fans singing on tubes or someone cursing mother nature).
I think shooting in film does justice to the feel in London so here are some shots that I have taken of this town!