“I was inspired to visually explore and play with the interactions people had with the architectural shapes in their immediate environment. As dancers and yogis have great control of their form and shape, it felt like a perfectly natural fit to photograph their movements complementing and or matching lines and angles in buildings, structures, or public art”, he says.
The series depicts the city in a very different way. Instead of taking our immediate surroundings, Luke questions how the city can best fit in with us as moving subjects. It’s also a love letter to the varying shapes, colours, and patterns we see across the city, whether on the underground, street, or buildings like the famous Heatherwick Studio in Coal Drops Yard.
Each image goes a little further to prove that we fit in with the city more than we initially realise, particularly for those that often feel isolated in the city. The series is incredibly imaginative whilst paying homage to the dancers and yogis.
In one image, the subject Andreya matches the diagonal balcony lines of The Circle building in Bermondsey. Her purple leggings are beautifully curated to match her backdrop. In another, she dances in front of the Tide in Greenwich Peninsula, matching the rainbow aesthetic presented behind her.
Luke tells Creative Boom: “The Shapes Of The City project organically began due to my observations taking photos for The Tube Mapper project book. The book, which came out last November, follows my journey capturing moments at every London underground station. I became fascinated with the effect people had on their surrounding architecture. There was a particular image taken at Baker Street station where the lighting encouraged commuters to stand in certain spots, strengthening the overall composition. I also enjoyed how commuters sometimes complemented the colours and patterns around them.”
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Exploring the shapes of the city in this way lends a very human element to its sometimes scary, vast and harsh exterior. Luke is honing in on the fact that there’s humour, freedom, and dance to be explored. Follow Shapes of the City project on Instagram, Twitter, and via the website.
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