Habitus is a photographic portrait series contemplating the stories of young Londoners (18-30). It explores their concerns and motivations surrounding the prodigious tensions between their real and digital selves.

The project has two strands. The first starts on the day of the 2015 General Election and examines the idea of the ‘apathetic millennial.” It attempts to unpack what it means to be a young person by concentrating on specific chapters in the subject’s life.

The second strand considers the role of technology within this definition and how it can enable a redefining of oneself. It inspects how information can be harvested by corporations to classify us into groups (exploiting our information as commodity).

This project investigates our core beliefs and influences that shape our realities against the digital consumer-selves that have been heavily shaped by geodemographics which define groups of people by their data and labels them.

Can we really define ourselves or will we forever be an amalgamation of the real, the fake and the commodified?

All the images are candid shots made whilst in conversation. The coloured backgrounds reference the mosaic map used in geodynamics research where colour signifies a type of person. E.g. Pink. Middle class, melting pot, Red. Young, City, Solos.

This series is a work in progress and will be showcased as editions based on categories.


The work was initially be shown at Black Blossoms Tour,  If We're going to Heal Let it be Glorious which began in September 2017 and will continue throughout 2018.

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“Could have been an option”


Lewis (26) Vauxhall

Photographer

Important Item: Last piece of paper from Journal

E: City Vibe

E2: Graduation occupation

Certainly, recently a big…a big thing that’s motivated me is that…um..a few years ago I had a big court case..um..if it had ended the other way then it would of meant probably going to prison and stuff and it was quite a big thing and it went on for quite a long time. The trial happened but before that the whole thing was going on for about a year so had this big thing over my head obviously living with the idea that maybe in Summer that’s gonna be it like, prison and life’s finished, whatever. So I guess since then, I’ve always..err.had that in my mind as something that could have been a possibility and actually I’m free I can do whatever I want and I’m doing something I’m interested in and that’s really good. So that’s always in the back of my mind like just enjoy everything because that could have been an option.

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“Number One Black Boy”

Will (26) Haggerston

Sales Assistant/ Wholesale Manager

Important Item: Horse shoe ring

B1: Disadvantaged diaspora

I don’t think black boys, and not to like go into that cringe conversation but I don’t feel like black boys stick together as much as they should do in this scene or in any industry in general but especially in this scene. There’s not many of us that have gone to the full echelon of like jobs and creative levels that they could have. I think if people like join forces more and like put minds together things will be done in a better way. Moreover,what it is, is that someone is like “Cool, I’ve got to this stage and no one’s ever been here and now I definitely can’t tell them how I’ve got here, I don’t want them to learn my field better then me. It can’t work out that way because obviously that will affect me and will affect my money and how people see me. I’ve gotta be the Number 1 black boy and no one else can be there.” People get lost in the theatrics of things, going to parties, getting free clothes, you think you’ve made it but really your bank balance isn’t saying that much is it?!

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“Money on Immigration”

Maya, (26) Stanmore:

Media Officer of Charity

Important Item: Passport

G1: Affordable transitions

“ The thing that's really concerning me the most is the way that human trafficking victims are treated in detention…And then spending all that money on ‘immigration’ and people get angry and say ‘all our money gets spent on immigrants’ but actually do you think immigrants want all your money spent on keeping them locked up in a high security prison because they had no choice in the first place?”

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"Away from everything"

Duncan, (26), Earling

English TEFL Teacher

Important Item: Festival Wristband

G1: Affordable transitions

 “One of the hardest moments of my life was when I left London and I was on my way to spend the next year in Spain away from everything I knew, but those moments of fear can be quite good for you I think. I’m more confident as a person now, probably..happier.”

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“Social media is grey”

Larry, (25),Thornton Heath

DJ & Artist

Important Item: Rings

G: Multi-Ethnic Suburbs

G2: Public sector and service employment

“I think social media is grey. I think it’s really weird. I think we really don’t know how to use it and we’ve given ourselves to it. A lot of it doesn’t meant anything and it forces you to do other weird stuff.

It forces you to live a life that probably isn't your life. It gives you so many images and opinions you didn’t ask for and probably didn’t need but you now have to deal with. It’s kinda like a reflection of ourselves like, for a long time we haven’t really dealt with realities or truths about ourselves as people. And now we have so much access like we know where we can change things, we can go there too. That means you can do everything and that’s quite a lot to take on”

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“because they were deemed as voiceless in their country and our community, they died.”

Tobi BB. (28)

Co-founder of Black Ballad, Black British lifestyle platform

  • A.Affordable transitions

I’ve always worried about me being voiceless, my voice not being heard. The last two weeks seeing what’s happening in Grenfell in Notting Hill has just shown me that when you are voiceless or when people don’t want to hear your voice, the repercussions can be so tragic. The people in Grenfell has built a website, they complained constantly to the council about the problems and safety hazards and because they were deemed as voiceless in their country and our community, they died. That is my biggest worry, being voiceless, having a voiceless society, not having a voice that is considered worth listening to, not having a voice that is valued and Grenfell showed that if you’re working class or if you’re an ethnic minority or a brown or black person your voice isn’t of any value, that’s why they died. That’s why I do Black Ballad, I’m petrified of being voiceless in this society because the repercussions can be fatal. I don’t want my daughter because she looks like me to be voiceless. I know Black Ballad won’t absolutely make my voice heard every single place I go but I do believe if there is a platform for black women to have their voices heard by each other then we can pass on that message outside of our communities. But my biggest motivation for Black Ballad is love. As a Christian we are taught treat people justly, to do the right thing and I thought that making a platform for black women was the right thing, especially as someone who works for magazines, there was an overload of whiteness and an erasure of blackness. Giving black women a platform where they could be themselves unapologetically felt like doing the right thing. I also genuinely love being a black woman. As much as it comes with the misogynoir that you have to jump over and sometimes go under in life. Black women are the shizzle man. We do so much, our culture is so rich, we navigate so much. I love black women and I want them to have a space where they can be themselves, where they can meet with each other online and offline. Where we can make cultural references in our writing and we get it. I know if I started an Editors letter saying “I’m writing this in my headscarf” I know all black women would get it and not judge me. I could never do that if i was writing for cosmo, do you know what I mean. I love seeing how it makes black women feel. Sometimes it make them feel amazing. Sometimes it makes them just feel normal. Black women, we are not all the same, we can disagree, like today I published something on the platform and I completely couldn’t relate and it felt bloody amazing. I black women had written something, I had edited it, and I couldn’t relate to it. Because our experiences are different and it’s worth acknowledging that but also worth acknowledging what unites us. But women don’t ever get that chance.

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“I don’t know what my London is anymore?”

Nathana (27)

Sales Associate/ Mother

Important Item: Tattoo marking miscarriage

B: High Density and High Rise

B2: Bangladeshi enclaves

“I don’t know what my London is anymore. London’s changed. I haven’t been here for six months, just six months and so much has changed. London itself, I can’t read it anymore, well in the same way. All the neighbours I used to know have moved, they’ve gone out of London. The hackney I used to know, the whitechapel I used to know, the Shadwell I used to know is not the same place anymore. And living in Sweden you wanna say oh I can’t wait to go back home to London. But when I’m at home it’s like what’s going on? There is this new thing here, what’s going on. It hard to share that London with my kids. Because when I’m in London I can’t wait to go back to Sweden, but then what does that mean. What does home mean for Sweden? What kinda life am Iooking for in London. Living in London it’s so busy finding time for myself was generally hard and tryan keep those connections alive. I’m still considering like where is my home? Is home the Ghanaian experience I have in London or the world I’ve created in Sweden? I think it’s a question of my own identity. And now that I’ve moved out of London my identity and experience is changing whether I like it or not. How do I adjust when my kids are speaking Swedish and I don’t speak Swedish? Things in life are not the same. The climate is not the same. I have to have a healthy approach and not get too bogged down. I try my hardest not to get bogged down by it. What experience am I passing on to my kids? What is London giving them? Is it offering a place of safety? Sigh. It’s hard when you’re away from an identity of London and you come back and you don’t recognise it so much. It’s tough, it’s tough definitely.

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“..to be a lawyer”

Sylvia (28), Neasden

Stage Manager

Important Item: Kente Strip

G: Multi-Ethnic Suburbs

G2: Public sector and service emplo

“. I was the only person of colour on my course. I started doing all these shows and then I was the only person of colour in the production team. So you don’t see it until you get into the world and are like “Oh, this is a bit weird”. So I did my dissertation on the lack of ethnic miniories working in backstage theatre. I spoke to lots of people and it all lead to culture. I’m African and telling my mum and my dad from kind of wanting to be a lawyer and then going to stage management, that’s a shock to the heart! So they’re a bit like “what, what is this? Does it bring money? Is it sustainable? How long is it gonna last?” I had to really push forward and make sure that they this was my passion, this was what I wanted to do. So, I pushed forward.” 

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Maya_Money on Immigration

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Tobi_because they were voiceless, they died.

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Nathana_This doesn't feel like home

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