LIFE IS IN THE STREETS AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES
I was shooting a performance in front of the Foundery in Old Street, London, 2010, when Phil Strongman noticed me. He was filming another performer. He came to me with his business card explaining he was working on a documentary film and needed a photographer. I took his card, gave mine and kept on working.
The next day I was off for some traveling and read Phil's email only one month later. I had just promise myself to not look at emails during holidays and it worked at my advantage. Phil believed I was one of those inaccessible photographers too busy for those kinds of documentary work. In reality I had just started photography and would quite my full time job as an art director few month later.
When Phil explained me his project, I loved everything and accepted straight away to be part of it. He was a dear friend of Malcolm McLaren who had died early in the year. Phil wanted to make a documentary about his life and the generation he was representing, the anarchist generation.
Phil introduced me to the gang.
McLaren Westwood Gang trailer
It was a privilege to hear their stories and an honour to work on a such meaning full project by the side of Phil. He dedicated all his time, money, energy, love and passion for what he believed to be important. He struggled to fund his project but he kept on going, I learnt a lot from his determination to never give up.
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