We want this book to be very affordable to all the people who appear in it, so it'll be available in both paperback and hardback form. With our Kickstarter funding, we'll be able to afford to print the first batch of copies (as well as two proof copies to make sure everything looks gorgeous).
When I was leaving Los Angeles and moving back to London, one of my friends said, "Thank you for documenting our twenties." We had a lot of fun over the seven years I lived there. I hope you like the pictures.
When I moved to LA, aged 21, even the most ordinary things seemed very foreign and exotic. Over the seven years I lived there, I never got bored love of shooting all the normal things going on around my day-to-day life (which bemused my American friends but delighted my mum.)
Back home in England, we see so much photography from Los Angeles, but the action films, paparazzi shots, beach babes and plastic surgery that make the headlines had nothing at all to do with my normal lives as honorary Angeleno.
Of course, over seven years, sometimes unusual things do happen, like police interrupting a fantastically picturesque street party, the LA Marathon going right past your apartment, or a being woken up by tribal drums as a protest against immigration policy dances up your street, but on the whole I just took pictures of what went on in my neighbourhood, what my neighbours got up to on the weekends, my Russian teacher and her new dog, tons of really good and very loud bands*, the weekend balloon-seller man walking past the murals on the wall of the clinic down the road, and everything else that a less picture-obsessed person might be able to ignore.
I didn't set out to make a book when I first touched down at LAX, but by the time I was lugging my suitcases through security on my way back to London seven years I knew exactly how the book was going to be. It's a really personal project now, summing up the sunny SoCal years from a small island on the other side of the world.
*Off the top of my head, some of the bands included are Darker My Love, Wavves, Fucked Up, Murs, Trash Talk, No Age, Monotonix, Dead Mans Bones, Crystal Antlers, Audacity, Graham Forest, Harlem, Big Freedia, Woah Hunx, Titus Andronicus, Pope Anything, Cowabunga Babes, Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Black Lips, Har Mar Superstar, White Fence, The Strange Boys, Davila 666, Ninjasonik, Pipes, Tearist, Garotas Suecas and loads more that I can’t remember at the mo.
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