Self-taught photographer Chris Holmes specializes in street-level urban photography under the pseudonym Brxtn Pistol, named for the south London borough where he lived for many years. While balancing the demands of a corporate career, Chris carves out time for his photography, striving to capture the essence and vibrancy of cities and seeking out a fresh view of the familiar.
Often waking before dawn, Chris captures rare moments of solitude and calm as the city of London yawns, stretches and begins its day. His high-contrast scenes depict the miniature dramas unfolding all around us, obscured by the hectic pace of metropolitan life. Moving to London as an adult, Chris fell in love with the city in tandem with his development as a photographer and shoots as both a romantic insider and an impartial admirer.
“The concept of photography is what I find the most interesting. The simple idea that we have the opportunity to capture a scene, a movement or a colour, an everyday image that's unique to the individual who sees it."
Hidden in Chaos pairs Chris's cinematic images with the words of 18 poets to add layers of texture and meaning to the complex but devoted relationship that London’s residents and visitors have with the city’s many faces. Chris's images are also included in two volumes of the Trope City Editions series: Trope Hong Kong and the award-winning Trope London.