Meet the darling Griffin Family! Not only are they practially lifelong friends, I also captured their wedding, their first baby, several family sessions, and more! LOVE them dearly!
Elephant and Castle, London. 2019.
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There's something distinctive about council estates to me. They always exude this strong presence about them. Full of stories. Not the kind about that dress Jackie was wearing last week or how the guy at the gym tried showing Olly up but couldn't lift as much as him.
Proper stories. Experiences that teach harsh lessons. About how we got kicked out of our other home and had to share a single room for the whole family. How some lady screamed about her husband's abuse and tried to lay down in the road to get run over, but her husband insisted she hadn't been taking her meds; the second time. About how some guy broke into our house the other night; the wrong house, but nevertheless, we had to pummel him. About how the lovely family we knew next door had somehow been pulled up in gang crime, their son murdered in their own home in a brutal attack. The time that my friend's sister from down the block witnessed her classmate get stabbed during a lesson. That young kid we saw running away from a group of ecstatic knife-brandishing teens, cornered and then stabbed multiple times, screaming for him mum as he died. A guy just got shot down the road too.
Those kind of stories.
And still, you see the kids playing footy, bikes scattered around, mum is out on the balcony smoking, laughing and slang penetrating the air, washing hung out of every level declaring the crinkled statements that people put on when out and about, a character of each home exuding from each windowsill, balcony, front door, a cooperative large scale piece of personal art that everyone else is too scared to even get close to.
A harsh life, still being lived. No time for excuses, just going on.
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"Everyone knows that the best place for a clandestine meeting in London is, and always has been, St. James' Park." .
And, these pictures werent taken there, but it kinda looks like it LOL. These lovely photos were taken by @leophotography9584
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