These portraits come from a small project I did of the Colombian community in London in 2010. I focused on a football team and looked at each person’s motivations for coming here. Their reasons have been taken directly from my interviews with them without any changes. Fútbol Callejero is a form of street football.
“I come here because you know in South America it’s so difficult to find jobs, so I come to this country to looking for a better life. (…) When I come to this country, many things happened in my country, the reason I come to this country because we looking for a better life. When I come I coming alone, so the thing I was thinking every day was joining up with my family, because when I come here I coming alone, my family stay there in my country, so now my family is here so I’m happy now. That was the first thing I was looking at, the second one was to know a new culture. (…) Everyone wish to know what happen in a different country. You have the opportunity to come to Europe or America that’s the best thing everyone looking. So now, I’m happy now.
“My dad (José Luigi Montoya Guarnizo) came to London in 1996, and that’s why I came to London. (…) I have some hobbies, that is music. I DJ and produce my own music.”
“My mum bring me to here because she wants to give me a best future. I was in Colombia like sixteen years. I didn’t like Colombia right now because it’s not a really good place, you can die anywhere.”
“I’m come here for a better life.”
“I came over to the UK when I was fifteen to live with my dad, who had been living here for the past five years. I didn’t see him for four years, then he came back home. We decided to come here as obviously I would have more opportunities in life. Coming here was a bit of a challenge for me, I hardly spoke any English, but I picked it up very quickly”.
“We came for a better future.”
“I just come here to study. I like this country. I want to stay here for a long time, and now I’m resident”.
“The education is a lot better here”.
“I got to England with my parents. They brought me at a very young age, when I was 12 years old. I’ve been here ever since. I like the country, I like the culture.”
“The reason I came here is.., I travelling from my country to find a good future for my family”.
“The reason why I am here in London or England is because I want to change my life and to find better life.”
A short multimedia piece related to this series of portraits can be seen at http://vimeo.com/13730519
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