Having moved from Cornwall to York, my exposure to city living wasn’t exactly vast before I decided to live in London after university. Paid a typical PR pittance and living briefly in a zone 3 glorified squat before running to the confines of Surrey to sponge off my extremely hospitable aunty and uncle, I didn’t hold the city in high regard for a while…
A few years on, everything is just fine and dandy, and dare I say it? I love London. I love the people watching, I love the quirky food scene, I love the fact that my pals and I can do something totally different from one night to the next. If you’d talked to me three years ago, when I was going to a pretty unfriendly pub to go to the toilet (my £60-a-week hovel didn’t have such luxuries) and eating tins of baked beans for dinner, you’d never believe I could do such a violent 180, but I seriously love this place. Not in an I’m-never-leaving kind of way, but in a I’ve-stopped-expecting-it-to-have-all-the-benefits-of-village-life kind of way. Even for someone as averse to crowds as I, there’s comfort in the constant noise and beauty in the busy-ness.
French photographer Laurent Dequick snaps this perfectly. A single still rarely conveys everything that’s happening, so he doesn’t limit himself to just one. Multi-layering his work, you can feel the activity in them. Personally, I prefer the views from afar, like the ones below.
He travels all over the world, capturing cities in a similar way; I just find the London series embodies a distant beauty I really like.
Got any more cityscape photographers I should follow? Let me know.