I lived in Harlesden from early 2014 to late 2014. It's an area of London well known for its social issues. In 1999 Harlesden had the highest murder rate in the UK. Immigration to the area came from the Caribbean, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. As sometimes is the case not everyone found their place in the sun and with time problems emerged. As far as I understand, things have improved since then; new venues are opening up and the crime rate has (somewhat) gone down. Still, beyond the social issues that still exist, there also exists a great warmth to be found within this district.
What first felt like a personal challenge to photograph these streets soon became a need to find something else than fear or dogmas or clipped out news articles. I found some dogmas to be true; but then some not.