London: the City of Misconception

Ever since I was young, I have been instilled with the idea that the city is an ugly place. A place of violence and loneliness. When you grew up in a small town in the South West of England, these are the only things you have to believe. You have no evidence of the outside world and you’re blinded by the mindset of those that surround you - having the option to leave is your only escape.

In September 2017, I left my small home town and moved to London. Given the impression that I would be exposed to a land of despair, I went in very closed-minded. That was until I decided to explore the city and look within the depths of this concrete environment.

What I discovered was, the things I believed all this time were wrong.

As months passed, I started to see London as a beautiful space of creativity and diversity; the complete opposite of where I am from. With this in mind, I wanted to create a selection of photographs that would highlight the beauty I see behind the lens.

These photographs were captured in a location called Alexandrea Road Estate. In my eyes, they reveal the beauty of an urban environment, a beauty that has been concealed for so long. These are the photographs that I want to show those of the “small town” perspective, expressing to them that the city isn’t a place of darkness but so much more.

Words and film photography by Alex Galloway