RCA student Oliver Eglin’s series, one of two student Best in Book winners this year, documents the young men of Neukölln in the south-east of Berlin. Almost 40% of the district’s population is made up of immigrants making it the city’s most ethnically diverse area.
“Taken from Joseph Conrad’s seminal novel The Heart Of Darkness, the title ‘We live as we dream’ is a deliberately ambiguous quote,” Eglin says. “It describes the isolation one can feel in a harsh environment, which is echoed in these images. Peaceful and serene the characters in this project appear like somnambulists caught in a momentary daze. Often portrayed in the media as a dangerous and hostile environment, these images offer a different view of Neukölln and the people living there,” he says.
“I thought these were atmospheric and insightful portraits. The subjects were empowered in a way that people in their situation rarely are.” Paul Cohen, adam&eveDDB, CR Photography Annual judge
See all the winning work from the Creative Review Photography Annual online here. The December issue of CR, which includes the Photo Annual, can be bought here