From sharp suits to multi-coloured dresses, stunning headpieces and rainbow hair – street photographer reveals London’s most flamboyant eccentrics in a joyful set of pictures celebrating the Great British tradition
A street photographer has spent 2021 getting up close and personal with London‘s most flamboyant eccentrics to create a dazzling series of images celebrating the Great British tradition.
Danny Jackson, 43, travelled around London in his quest to capture on camera the people whose lives really do imitate art.
From stunning headpieces and rainbow hair, to immaculate tweed, the joyful portraits are designed to showcase and celebrate the people who stand out from the crowd.
‘London is a bit of a hub for eccentric people, because it is so multicultural, and also a hub for artists and musicians.
‘Most people are happy to be seen and photographed, they wear these clothes for a reason, but some aren’t sure if they are eccentric or not.
The ‘Great British tradition’, as photographer Danny Jackson describes it, is dressing eccentrically – something he says Brits are known for all around the world
A lady dons a leopard-print dress underneath a glittery pink, purple and green jacket
A lady wears bright, colourfully striped flared trousers and a matching top with open-toe green sandals
With a figurine of Mini Mouse in her right hand, a lady walks through the streets of London proudly wearing a traditional garment
Jama Elmi, a support worker, puts on a colourful display, wearing a yellow and orange patterned suit
An aquatic colour scheme lights up this lady’s knee-length skirt, as she smiles for the camera
Green-dyed hair, a pink beanie hat and round-framed glasses top off this woman’s radiant attire
A man strikes a pose against a wall, as he is picked out by keen-eyed photographer Danny Jackson for his eccentric blue suit and flower-adorned satchel
‘I always explain that it’s not a bad thing, I’m trying to move away from the idea of eccentric meaning being strange.
‘For me it is about individualism and not being afraid to be different,’ said Danny who lives in Canvey Island, Essex.
Jama Elmi puts on a colourful display, wearing a yellow and orange patterned suit.
The support worker, who owns more than 100 suits, is often stopped by tourists for pictures, and according to some reports has literally stopped London traffic in the past with people wanting to catch a glimpse of his striking get up.
In one of the images artist Sue Kreitzman, 78, proudly holds her heavily decorated walking stick aloft, her body engulfed in a patterned tunic, and a flash of pink in her white hair.
Danny Jackson, 43, is a photographer who lives in Essex. He spent 2021 travelling around London in his quest to capture on camera the people whose lives really do imitate art
Leaning casually against a shop window, this lady’s bright orange skirt summons images of the occult, with a horned skull embraided onto the centre of it
Sue Kreitzman, 78, born in New York and the author of 27 cookery books, holds her heavily decorated walking stick aloft, her body engulfed in a patterned tunic
A leopard-print shirt bursts out from underneath this man’s cream-coloured jacket, as he crosses his legs in a cool pose
With a futuristic, Star Trek-esque visor and a belt buckle boasting the Brazilian flag, this man looks down in an uncharacteristically candid photo from Danny Jackson’s collection
A man beams at the camera, his arms open wide. His sunny disposition a perfect match for the yellow trousers and multi-coloured trench coat he is showing off
Green tassel earrings dangle from this woman’s ears, the cherry on the cake of a spectacular, floral outfit
A man with checkered, shin-length socks and a tweed suit looks serious as his image is added to Danny’s collection
A woman wears a blue dress with a white polka-dot print, her wristwatch obeying the all-blue colour scheme as well
A thick, black belt breaks up this all white gown outfit, topped off with a floral hat
This person’s baby pink dress cascades over their waist, and with white tights and pink strapped shoes, it is reminiscent of the outfit Little Bo peep would wear in the well-known pastoral fairy tale
This lady wears purple tights, a floral mauve skirt and a pink beret with a cute blue flower on top
With her hands in her pockets, this woman in a green beret and orange-and-blue top makes her way into Danny’s photo collection of British eccentrics
In a colour scheme that could be described as ‘ebony and ivory’, this woman’s outfit evokes images of a piano
Looking chic: with crimson lipstick and round sunglasses, this woman strikes a serious pose
Like the famous McFly song, this woman has five colours in her hair, as well as shin-length shiny pink boots
New York-born Sue became famous as a chef, writing 27 cookery books and appearing on television. But aged 58 she decided to radically change her life and become an artist, painting in her chosen medium, nail polish.
A member of the Spitalfields Market Colour Tribe, Sue and fashion designer Florence Bidois founded The Colour Walk, which supports the historic market.
‘Sue lives art, and her home is like a museum, it is amazing to see.
‘The main idea for this series is to show how great it is to be eccentric, this is a Great British tradition which is known around the world, it is very creative and a joy to experience.’