Brixton Calling

In my opinion, Brixton is an amazing place if you travel in the right way. 

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Aside from the obvious Oxford st, Knightsbridge, Notiing Hill or Covent Garden even, there are still so many places in London that I haven't discovered. Once those top 'must-see' places have been slowly ticked off, I started looking for areas, with the matter of truly feeling some vibe. Cultural vibe, I mean. After all, London is one of the cities with the greatest diversities, the fountain of so many different culture, and a place where loads of foreigner calls it home (or second home). 

As you might have noticed from @ms.tiffanyyang, a few days back, me and a couple of classmates got to spend some time in Brixton (South London) for a school shoot. It was my first visit to the area. You can't blame me, it is almost an hour tube away from where I live. We walked around the station for good photos, and I was so thrilled to see so many graffitis. Though most of them are related to the currently happening Brixton Arches issue, art is still art. My point is, street arts in particular, have always been one of the best ways to attract a good amount of attention. 

搬來倫敦好一段時間了,除了牛津街、西區的騎士橋區、諾丁山又或是柯芬園等等知名的區域,對於這個城市還有著許多的不了解,還有許多地方尚未一探究竟。隨著大家口耳相傳的景點都一一造訪後,我開始好奇,到底哪些地方是當地人會去的,而對於他們來說,倫敦哪裡的景色最不一樣。

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或許你們在Instagram上已經發現了,因為學校作業的關係,因緣際會來到了南邊的Brixton。每天來來去去搭著地鐵,卻鮮少往這個方向走。雖然時間不長,但幾個女孩子,還是興奮深入車站附近的街道巷弄。即便只是與學校相隔幾站,眼前的氛圍卻完全不同,倫敦這座城市就是如此惹人喜愛。特別的是,在這裏看見了許多平時市區看不見的街頭藝術,一幅幅充滿創意與色彩的壁畫,讓人忍不住駐足觀賞,仔細瞧,會發現他們其實都是為了當地的同一個議題在發聲。這就是街頭塗鴉充滿力量地方,看似隨性,其實每一次的噴漆與彩繪都包含著另一層含意,將腦海中的想法具體化,同意與否,我都深深佩服著創作者的才華。Before I came, a friend told me this place is not the safest place to be in London. It's surprising how much this kind of comment can impact you. As soon as I walked out the station, I get what he means. It's different. In my opinion, Brixton is an amazing place if you travel in the right way – with the right research, the right amount of companions, the good appreciation of diversity and street art, an open mind, and the excitement to see something new. Sure, I can spend my entire time in London in the same areas, I'm sure it wouldn't be any less interesting. But, most of my greatest experiences in life come from me stepping out of my comfort zone, doing stuff that makes me more or less nervous from time to time, trying new things and asking question. Adventure, the reason why TLG was born in the first place. 

在來之前,有朋友告訴我說這個區域有些亂不太安全,讓我在來之前有些忐忑,包包也夾得特別緊(笑)一出車站,我立刻理解他的意思。這裏,跟我們平時逛的倫敦,很不一樣。我個人覺得,Brixton 是個好地方,但前提是要在對的方式下了解它。與適當的伴,安全的時間,重要的是,要有一份能夠接納不同事物的心,所謂的「街頭文化」並不可怕,而往往所有的害怕其實都是來自於不了解。回頭看這二十多年,記憶中,許多美好的回憶都還是來自於鼓起勇氣,握拳走出自己的小框框的那一刻,張大眼睛去體會,傾聽著內心所有的激動和驚嘆,說穿了,當初也是因為這樣才開始拍照寫文章的啊。

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It's sad we only got to spend a few hours there, perhaps next time, and I'll come back with a longer post about this place, I promise. Anyways, let's all be adventurous some time. Let's all do that. Hope you get what I mean. Time to go to bed.x 

很可惜,這次只待了短短幾個小時,希望下次能有更長的時間,到時候也能夠做更透徹的分享。今天就到這邊,我們下次見。