DON’T CALL ME URBAN! began in May 1998 out of an interest in a controversial regeneration proposal on Lambeth Walk, a famous south London street, and a fascination with the paradox of futuristic council estate architecture of the early 1970’s having been unsuited to the future. I photographed the life around concrete blocks doomed to demolition for six years, and also the massive structures of the same 'brutalist' architectural era at neighbouring Elephant and Castle, which I would pass through on my way from East London - where I had moved to in 2003. My arrival in the east end coincided with the explosion of grime music, a confrontational, angst-ridden sound that emerged as the most significant and controversial youth cultural expression since punk. Essentially the UK’s authentic response to hip hop, the lyrics conveyed the hopes and frustrations of a seemingly apolitical generation locked into decaying housing estates. 'DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime' was published in November 2010, a chronicle of the conditions that spawned the genre and an exploration of the discrepancy between perceptions of black culture as 'trendy' and the harsh realities of urban deprivation. The book is a combination of portraiture, social documentary and architectural photography reflecting my experience over twelve years. Since then the project has continued with video, as well as the simplicity of stills.