This showcase is the culmination of the Octavia Foundation’s latest digital media work that has taken place over the past three months. YO! London brings together over 80 photographs that explore the connection young people have with their London and its inhabitants.

The images have been curated to represent the photographic journey our young people took through an array of famous London areas, from the banks of the meandering Thames to the vibrant Ladbroke Grove, from the hip Mile End to the passenger seat of a taxi.

Mirroring the ethos of past media projects, YO! London provided young people with essential skills training necessary to take confident, well-composed photographs and document the subject’s story. Not only did the project allow our young photographers to get creative, it also provided them with vital experiences from media arts professionals on how to be successful in the creative industries.

During YO! London the Octavia Foundation formed exciting new partnerships with several local youth organisations, which not only generated a significant number of images but additionally brought a diversity to the photographs. The level of quality throughout the collection truly represents the dedication, passion and commitment of everyone involved.

Other projects

  • markthursday finished

    Think. Make. Create.

    A creative digital media project focusing on emotional health and wellbeing.

  • BOC

    The Birth of Cool

  • Filming in Ladbroke Grove

    Waking the Dead

    The project uncovered the hidden histories of Kensal Green cemetery, one of London’s oldest public burial grounds.

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    The Story of QPR

    Charts the history of Queens Park Rangers football club and documents the heritage of London's W12 area (trailer 2mins16, full film 60mins) 2015

  • Reprazent


    Four films challenging common perceptions of young people in Britain (35mins51, 62mins, 26mins31, 68mins) 2013

  • Doing It Right

    Doing it Right

    A short film about sexual health. 13m58. 2013.

  • Margins to mainstream thumb

    Margins to Mainstream

    Tells the story of black theatre in Britain (trailer 2mins35) 2012

  • Diane

    Bridging the Gaps

    Addresses the confusion around changes to welfare and benefits in England (10mins) 2011.

  • Breaking into the Museum

    Breaking into the Museum

    Award-winning short film by Chris Lamontagne (3mins11) 2010