Skip To Content

    This Is What Life Looks Like To London's Young Photographers

    Photographers aged 16 to 19 allowed us to look into their ever-changing world.

    A new photographic exhibition shows how young Londoners are bound together by the place they live, the struggles they face and the ever changing political climate.

    This new generation of photographers worked with the University of Arts London and Autograph to help shape their ideas. Between May and October this year they were given a brief to explore the theme of "where we belong" and ideas of home, which could be either a place, a thing or something more abstract.

    Second Home by Toby Wright.

    Toby Wright / Via autograph.org.uk

    The Best of Them by Erica Da Silva

    Erica Da Silva / Via autograph.org.uk

    Observance (Convergence) by Hayleth Dawkins

    Hayleth Dawkins / Via autograph.org.uk

    Beauty of the Bengal by Farihah Chowdhury

    Farihah Chowdhury / Via autograph.org.uk

    I am London, I am Iran by Sara Fathi

    Sara Fathi / Via autograph.org.uk


    Amor by Rachel Velastegui

    Rachel Velastegui / Via autograph.org.uk

    Couch Surfing by Chantae Henry

    Chantae Henry / Via autograph.org.uk

    "The homelessness we see on the streets is only the tip of the iceberg. Couch surfing hides homelessness. Taking a more conceptual, less obvious approach, my work aims to dispel the myth that there is anything fun or simple about living a life of couch surfing. It’s not a sleepover if you cannot go home," Chantae Henry said.

    Couch Surfing 2

    Chantae Henry / Via autograph.org.uk

    The Broken Dancer by Courtney Jelley

    Courtney Jelley / Via autograph.org.uk

    "My identity and what I would call a safe place have been ripped away from me. For me, my home was embedded within Irish dancing. However, that was torn away from me when my disability, a medical condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, started taking over my everyday life. My work represents the emotion I felt being unable to dance." said Jelley

    Retro Future by Rihaz Uddin

    Rihaz Uddin / Autograph / Via autograph.org.uk

    Fiat Lux by Celina Priebe

    Celina Priebe / Via autograph.org.uk

    Playlist by Trey Robinson.

    Trey Robinson / Via autograph.org.uk

    The Common Ground exhibition is open and free to the public until November 20 at the Autograph gallery in Shoreditch, London.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form