Wild, brash, outrageous and laced with humour, Dougie Wallace’s unflinching photos capture the extreme variety of street life in one of London’s most iconic and colourful areas: Shoreditch.
Shoreditch Wild Life is the fourth book in the east London Photo Series, published by Hoxton Mini Press. The book brings together 100 uncompromising vivid photographs that evoke the colours, sounds, sights and smells of this London hot spot.
Graffiti and street art merge with gold lamé, leopard skin, flower sellers, old people, young revelers and the diverse mix of local inhabitants are all depicted here - no one is immune to Wallace’s sharp eye. Featuring Shoreditch at all times of day and night,
these images bring together the incongruous and the surprisingly touching drama of everyday life.
"Shoreditch has been an ideal training ground to practice my photography for the last 15 years. Brandishing my Glasgow upbringing has helped shape my style, which has been described as 'visually exaggerated'. My photos convey a personalised point of view that is both believable and absurd", says Dougie Wallace.
Originally from Scotland, Dougie Wallace has lived for many years in east London and is a well-known face in the area, always carrying a camera at the ready. Wallace has a modern brand of street photography that combines heavy flash with extreme close-ups, revealing something painfully honest about his subjects.
Dougie Wallace is best known for his expressive social documentary and colourful street photography that has been seen in exhibitions and magazines around the world.
"Human behaviour motivates my pictures. People, their interactions and emotions fascinate me. My work is also informed by today’s culture of commercialisation and the effect this has on leisure time and global tourism. Translating this into social wit, criticism and humorous vignettes through my lens is what stimulated me", professes Danny.
Despite taking a course in photojournalism he considers himself self-taught fiven years spent on the street taking pictures. After his photos became prolific on social networks he attracted international clients like The New York Times and Germany’s Stern magazine. 2014 will see Danny publish three photography books while continually working on new projects.