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young londoners tell us about their vision for the future

Photographer Finn Constantine hits the streets of the capital to hear the hopes and dreams of the young Londoners with the future in their hands.

by i-D Staff
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Nov 25 2016, 2:05pm

Anna Sharon, 21, London via Tel Aviv, Israel

What do you do? I study film at The London Film School and the rest of the time I follow my heart.
Describe yourself in five words? Not what I seem to be.
What's your favorite song of 2016? I love Shama from the new album Swissa. Israeli hip hop is finally happening!
How do you feel about 2016 as a young person, with Brexit and the American election? Anxious. Our generation of creative liberal people need to get more involved with physical reality in order to change racism. Now.
If you could change one thing about 2016, what would it be? Trump.
What are your hopes for 2017? To make something that will inspire someone, to visit someplace new and to be surprised.
What are your New Year's resolutions? Look into people's eyes for longer than five seconds straight.

@annasharon

David Spence, 25, Toronto, Canada

What do you do? Study.
Describe yourself in five words? Tough, glass-half-full pessimist.
What's your favorite song of 2016? The Wickerman by Meatraffle or Kyiv Blues by Buttechno.
How do you feel about 2016 as a young person, with Brexit and the American election? The world needs love.
If you could change one thing about 2016, what would it be? To be more giving and free.
What are your hopes for 2017? World peace.
If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Who do you love?

@ddspence

Olivier Francois David Huband, 22, London

What do you do? Studying on the BA Acting at Drama Centre London.
Describe yourself in five words? I am not a machine.
What's your favorite song of 2016? Dracula Teeth by The Last Shadow Puppets.
How do you feel about 2016 as a young person, with Brexit and the American election? We're obviously feeling pretty disillusioned, but as with any period of hardship, there is always opportunity to recharge, deliberate and generate new ideas. 
If you could change one thing about 2016, what would it be? We shouldn't always depend on other people to make decisions for us. 
What are your hopes for 2017? I'd like to see the issue of diversity in the film industry resolve itself. We need to foster equal opportunity. It's bringing down the creative arts. It's about the colors you paint, not the color of the painter!

@olivierguidy

Olivier Gaston Pagy, 19, Turkey and France

What do you do? I paint and also do some clothes under Velvet Plaza.
Describe yourself in five words? Preoccupied, sensitive, conscious, detached, reliant.
What's your favorite song of 2016? Creeping by Obongjayar.
How do you feel about 2016 as a young person, with Brexit and the American election? Most of the youth voted against the outcome of the referendum and the election so they will probably unify and create a better future for themselves.
If you could change one thing about 2016, what would it be? The death of my grandpa.
What are your hopes for 2017? A Marcel Duchamp Retrospective in London.
What are your New Year's resolutions? Less bullshit, more work.

@pagyolivier

Pauline de Blonay, 21, Switzerland 

What do you do? I study Fashion Design Womenswear at CSM.
Describe yourself in five words? I would say positive, passionate, late, curious and organized.
What's your favorite song of 2016? Crazy Dream by Tom Misch ft Loyle Carner.
How do you feel about 2016 as a young person, with Brexit and the American election? Worried. I feel like many underlying problems are emerging and people aren't directing their anger in the right directions. However, I'm hopeful since in times like these the arts serve as catalysts to express and induce changes in perspectives.
If you could change one thing about 2016, what would it be? Turn off the TV.
What are your hopes for 2017? To come up with the idea of the century.
If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Can we dance slows at parties again? 

@paulp__

Yasmina Atta, 19, Nigeria

What do you do? Student, womenswear.
Describe yourself in five words? A different five words everyday.
What's your favorite song of 2016? Bluff by Kelela.
How do you feel about 2016 as a young person, with Brexit and the American election? I feel as if my generation has become more politically aware, as people are now discussing issues more regularly, which hopefully brings change.
If you could change one thing about 2016, what would it be? For all of us to be as progressive as we think we are.
What are your hopes for 2017? I hope for more environmental care.
What are your New Year's resolutions? To remember to text back.
If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? How are you?

@yasmina.tv

Monique Lucas, 19, London and Felix Flint Wood, 19, a small Island in the Bahamas 

What do you do? ML: I'm currently at the University of Westminster studying interior architecture. I'm also an artist. FW: I am currently living in London, starting a limited clothing brand called Idle Assembly.
Describe yourself in five words? ML: Confident, ambitious, caring, calm and easy going. 
What's your favorite song of 2016? ML: Anything by Kodak Black. FW: NINES - PIFF.What are your New Year's resolutions? ML: My New Year's resolution is to be more in touch with what is going on in the world around me and try and help to the best of my ability. FW: My New Year's resolution is to be more in touch with what is going on in the world around me and try and help to the best of my ability.

@moniquelucas97@idle_boy

Credits


Photography Finn Constantine

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