Lovers kissing on an escalator, a newly-married couple being photographed on Westminster Bridge, a lonely Star Wars stormtrooper strolling past pedestrians on the street, boats on the river, an art car boot-sale, a child playing on the sandy riverbank, other children playing in fountains, annual and sporting events that are part of the ceremony of the city with judges, vintage cars, old cycles, and naked cyclists and a huge variety of parades of all sorts and sizes – some serious campaigns; some fun; some religious, some cultural. Almost every nationality on the planet is here. This is London!
Tate Modern’s exhibition “Performing for the Camera” shows how many celebrity photographers have recorded a variety of types of performances and performing icons. A short walk away along the river, the stars of the black and white photographs by Steve Hollingstead are the people of London.
“1001 days in London” is a photographic journey of 1001 photographs that reminds us just why London is such a wonderful city – it is the people from a rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and religions that live, work, study, play, protest and have fun in London that makes it the greatest city on earth.
The photographic display at gallery@OXO is the start of a journey; an ambitious three-year street photography project by Steve Hollingstead to explore the spirit, creativity and relationship between people and London. It is a linked to a blog 1001days.london where each day an image will be chosen at random and published along with more information on the story behind it, a cycle that will take almost three years to complete, after which a new exhibition will be held.