EXHIBITION DECEMBER 2020
100 portraits from the SOMEONE OF SOHO series, made between 2016-2020, were displayed in this public access digital gallery. The exhibition was hosted by W1Curates.com at 161-167 Oxford St London and covered three floors of the Flannels building. It went live on the same day that London emerged from the second pandemic lockdown. It’s purpose was to reinforce the notion that whilst a neighbourhoods landscape may change, its people that define its character.
EXHIBITION JUNE 2020
Someone of Soho is a series of portraits of people who live and work in this quarter of London. People who help define the character and soul of the neighbourhood. This open air gallery features a small selection of over 200 portraits made between 2016 – 2020. The exhibition took place during the first pandemic lockdown. Its purpose was to restore some humanity and positivity to the deserted streets of Soho.
My exhibition, SOMEONE OF SOHO, has finally gone ahead, but not in the way I’d planned. I’ve been taking portraits of Soho characters for five years. As I was preparing for a summer exhibition the lockdown arrived leaving businesses devastated and Soho deserted. So I brought the people back by hanging their portraits on affected shop fronts, windows and doorways. This is not what I had in mind. This is much, much better.
Deputy Speaker of The House of Commons, Nigel Evans heard about SOMEONE OF SOHO exhibition and came down to check it out. “It’s a stunning idea, “ said Nigel, seen here posing next to my portrait of actor William Harry White outside @Ducksoup on Dean St. Looking forward to seeing this great neighbourhood restaurant open again very soon.
BIG RAY, LITTLE RAY.
Musician Ray Gelato (bottom right), ventures out onto Meard Street to visit his portrait (top left) on the window of the Dean St Townhouse. “Happy to see my photo in Soho today, “ tweeted Ray who has lived and worked in the area for many years.