Life is getting harder. Rents are increasing as wages and benefits get capped and the majority of people struggle to stay afloat. But as the survival instinct kicks in, so does a new wave of creativity; as proven in the work of photographer, Alec McLeish. He points his lens on the people reclaiming Britain’s streets, from skaters, to self-proclaimed, backstreet entrepreneurs.
McLeish took the following series of photographs in the London boroughs of Camberwell and Belgravia. Stood at two opposing ends of the economic spectrum, the two locations provide a wealth of oddities that perfectly sum up Britain’s complex and contradictory capital city. In order to capture scenes from the lives of every day people, McLeish shot on the new Sony RX1, the most advanced compact camera in the Sony range, with a fixed 35mm F2 lens to make it powerful, fast and discrete.
We spoke to McLeish about the series and to find out more about his unique understanding of what it means to live in London today.