Your Space Or Mine
Vincent Chapters’ photographs pay tribute to the everyday beauty of London life
Vincent Chapters (otherwise known as Shane Vincent) can’t exactly define what it is that compels him to reach for his camera, but he recognises the decisive moment when it strikes. “I wouldn’t know until I see it,” he explains. “But when I see, I know.” Working purely on intuition, the 29-year-old documentary portrait photographer has spent the last decade chronicling the world around him, and that world is London.
Born and bred in the capital, Chapters has lived all over north London but he still hasn’t yet exhausted the city’s vast possibilities. “London has shown me a lot. It’s taught me a lot,” he marvels. “There’s a lot of different worlds within this one city and, yeah, man, it’s crazy.” His photographs distil the dirt, dynamism, and joy of the urban landscape, paying tribute to the idiosyncrasies, resilience, spirit, and style of his beloved wider community.
Now, as part of the latest artist iteration of BUILDHOLLYWOOD’s Your Space or Mine, Chapters’ photographs will be displayed for the first time on billboards on the very streets that inspired his work – including one location in Gospel Park that’s particularly close to his heart. He explains, “I was born five minutes up the road, man.”