For this week’s Neighbourhood Watch, we talk to interesting photographer Phillip Prokopiou, otherwise known as Studio Prokopiou. The self-taught photographer has created a plethora of engaging images that have the potential to challenge ideas of beauty. Read about his work and views below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you do and why do you do it?
I am a photographer and image maker.  I create work under the name Studio Prokopiou as I often collaborate with other artists, namely my partner Panos. It all started when friends of mine started a club night in East London and they asked me to create the poster image. One thing led to another and here we are. I want to show that there are other ways for everything.  Beauty is artifice. Glamour is a necessity. That and it’s a way to for me to make my self-indulgent fantasies a reality.  I’m totally self-taught and just winged the whole thing through trial and error with Panos’ help and support to be honest.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A Jockey because I thought the outfit was cute.

How would your friends describe you?
Outrageously good looking and spectacularly impatient.

What do you believe in?
I believe that if there’s something you want to do then you better do it fast.

If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would it be?
The precious egos.

Who run the world?
All the wrong people I’m afraid.

What are you obsessed with right now?
The Decadence movement of the late 19th century.

What are your hopes for the future?
I hope we survive the apocalypse.

What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Don’t worry about colouring inside the lines

Here at Neighbourhood, we believe an editorial platform should be a community, what does the word community mean to you?
A group of people who are happy to share their jewels.

Delve further into the work of Phillip Prokopiou on Instagram.