SOHO | CUT // London, England // 2008 › 2009 // © Ricardo Rodriges da Silva
Developed over a one year period throughout the Barbers and Hairdressers of London Soho.
A search for diversity and nostalgia.
A selection of 35 photographs available in book format.
I arrived in London in the beginning of 2008.
A few days after I start exploring the city. When I walk around the Soho I find tribes and tribes, different each one, although mingling,maintain there own place where to pick their lice. I observe and record like a scientist studying monkeys. I do not seek a greater meaning than the, already noticeable, record of human diversity.
A couple of weeks later I begin the project that would last a year and a half, not to complete, but to say: enough time to move on.
Half way through, past moments in my Grandfather’s barber shop. The smell, the white light reflected in the equally white tiles, the pomade in his hair, the mirrors with the wooden frame, the assistant and the sun outside. The thousand Escudos given to me in exchange - with the excuse of a hair cut - for a little of my precious eight year old child schedule.
There is something warm and comforting about an old barber’s chair.
Minolta XG1 & Minolta XD11,
Rokkor 28mm f2.8, Rokkor X 35mm f2.8, Minolta 50mm f1.7
Ilford HP5 400 @ 1600