I have a funny relationship with cities. I was born, raised, and have lived all my life in cities. I find them visually intriguing for their grit, geometry, tightly packed chaos and human contradiction. But I also associate them with a certain kind of perspective on life that drives me up the wall, and makes me want to run screaming into the wilderness. I always end up returning to cities though, because they possess a particular variety of richness that is found nowhere else.
So with that division in my mind, I headed to Washington DC. I expected DC to be as dry as the things I connect with it – politics and military. What I found instead, was an urban space rich in diversity and raw expression.
And a swathe of photographers. A big, big shout out to John Nelson, Chris, Matt, Josh and Aziz from the Strata Collective, and Diriki – for the warmest welcome any photographer could ask for to your city, and also for inspiring me to do the best street shooting I’ve done to date.
See you all when I come back!