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Project Portrait: Day 108

Next up we have the lovely Dina Rims, who very gladly came along to help me and the people at Social Concierge. Dina is an actress, model, musician, film-maker, the whole nine yards. I guess you could call her a bit of a Renaissance woman. Nina has one of those great faces that I wanted to try and sculpt with light to highlight her eyes and jawline. What I didn’t realise was that she had a lovely smile too so instead of the serious, moody shot that I was aiming for, this one forced its way to the front of the my editing queue.

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Project Portrait: Day 107

Next up we have Beau, a professional dancer from Australia whose work in the theatre has taken him all over the world. He was another lovely subject for Social Concierge – I wanted to try and capture some of his physicality by having him almost curled up in a ball perched on some old crates. I’m pretty pleased with the result.

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Project Portrait: Day 106

Next up we have Syirin – another model who kindly came along to help out with the photo shoot I did for Nana Wereko-Brobby. Again, this was a challenge to get to know Syirin in the little time we had. But what I did find out – she was from Malaysia, she runs a coffee shop off Broadway Market, she’s married – and the subject that seemed to interest us both was seeing old school friends and what school was like for both of us. I didn’t find school all that great, where as Syirin found school amazing – she was successful, popular and a straight-A student. That got me thinking about how school influences us long after we’ve left. For me school left me low in confidence and unsure about what I was supposed to do with my life. With Syirin, I imagine, it was the opposite. But afterwards things for me certainly changed – and the impression I got about Syirin, they changed too. Now I have no idea what happened from school to the point I took this photo, but I saw something when I looked at her through my lens when we spoke about school and afterwards, that lead me to choose this.