These images are from a personal project on couples who belong to the “mod scene”, a subculture that originated in Britain in the late fifties and became very popular during the sixties.
While their style is what catches the eye at first, my interest in developing this project goes well beyond their appearance. The subculture and all of its elements - the fashion, the music, the scooters,… – only provide the framework for this project. From an outsider point of view, I am trying to get a glimpse of their identity beyond the “mask” and to portray them for who they are, rather than for what they wear.
I decided to focus on couples because I am fascinated by the way their identities blend together to produce something larger than the sum of its parts. I am also quite interested in the relationship between a person and his or her surrounding environment, in seeing how they complement each other.
Consequently, I took elaborate planning out of the equation when making these pictures: the couples chose what to wear and where to be photographed.
The world depicted in the pictures is entirely the world they have created for themselves.
The project is still ongoing.
I was going through some of my thumb drives that i have collecting in a shoebox and found more of my London street shots. I actually have no memories attached to these captures, i think i just lifted up my camera and shot something while i was looking around elsewhere in awe.
By David Booth 1987
Last month, several murals were painted in London by Tant and Unga who work under the collective name “Broken Fingaz.”
Tonight I went out with my flatemate and a bunch of his mates. I really enjoyed myself, we stopped at Byron and I had probably the most amazing cheeseburger and oreo milkshake. We stopped by the pub and on our way home we walked around Piccadilly Circus. I love taking pictures around the crowded streets, I don’t know, I like the character it puts in my pictures. Just real life. Real life scenarios. Because when I look back on all the photographs I’ve taken I want to remember what it felt like being there. These do it for me.