Photography by: Weronika Kordonska and Aleks Paluszek
Words by Harry Potts
Akse is a French born Graffiti Artist based in Manchester since 1997. Akse started painting in 1992 and is a member of the P19 Graffiti Crew. Over the last few years Akse has focused on freehand High-Definition HD photo-realism graffiti portraits. His work around the city always commands people’s attention – he is probably best known for the much-loved giant tribute to David Bowie in the Northern Quarter.
Akse chose to be photographed in Burnage alongside his 2015 mural of Kevin Spacey. The artwork forms part of his ‘Psychopaths Project’. Spacey portrayed the scheming and manipulative politician Frank Underwood in the US series ‘House of Cards’.
“This was definitely a new experience for me, photographing people I don’t know made me very nervous at the start of the shoot, but I just pushed past this and made sure I got the best images possible . It’s something I definitely enjoyed and was a great opportunity. If I have a chance to photograph another subject for the project, I will certainly have more confidence in my ability”.
“I really enjoyed this surreal shoot with Akse. It offered me a chance to use my beloved Practika film camera to capture some exciting outcomes, which are a perfect addition to my portfolio.”
Akse’s five words to describe his Manchester:
Home. Creativity. Opportunities. Greatness. People.
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