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Project Portait: Day 81

Day 81 of Project Portrait, and my first of 2016! It’s been a while I know. With this new job and the general stresses of being a human in London I think I needed some time off from everything, including taking photos. But now I’m back. To kick things off here’s the lovely Victoria Lynn. Victoria is an actress and a former gymnast. She was also helping out Nana Wereko-Brobby with a few bits and pieces for Social Concierge so I managed to grab five minutes of her time. It was one of those windswept days that we all love and loathe so I wanted to try and use that instead of fighting against it. Plus Victoria had an excellent coat that I wanted to use against the cool blue shutters behind.

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Project Portrait: Day 80

Day 80 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Kevin May. Kevin works with Nana Wereko-Brobby at Social Concierge – another startup at The Hatch. Scott moved from Los Angeles to London to study film and business. I was wondering what he thought of London compared to his former home. “I absolutely love it.” That got me thinking about the nature of cities and how it affects the people who live there. Terri White wrote a great piece about her relationship with New York recently. I’ve lived in London all my life, but because of that I don’t really have a clear idea of how much who I am is tied into who or what London is. Next year I’m planning on moving overseas which will be the first time I get to examine this idea in more detail. I also think the way I photograph people has something to do with living in London. With Scott he had one of those warm, open faces, which if I’m honest is a bit of a rarity in these parts. So I kept this shoot brutally simple. Light from above and to the side and just ask for a smile. The deep blacks in the background make it feel like he’s appeared from nowhere. Hopefully this’ll cheer up those (like me) who are working on Christmas eve.

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Project Portrait: Day 79

Day 79 of Project Portrait. I’ve been a bit tardy as of late and I apologise for that. But, while I’ve got you, I thought I’d present you with Amisha Ghadiali. Me and Amisha used to work together at Provenance a few years back. Amisha got in touch with me after my plea for help and it turns out she works regularly two streets away from my studio. Small world eh? While me and Amisha were #teamnosleep while trying to build the startup we both worked at, Amisha has turned a corner, choosing to become a yoga teacher and spiritual healer. Say what you will about being spiritual, but the difference in the Amisha I knew a few years ago and the one I met on the street off Brick Lane last week was a world away. She just oozed happiness. We walked around the block and I saw this beautiful piece of graffiti with the word ‘Alive’ scrawled across the top. As soon as Amisha stopped the photo instantly came together for me. It also helps to have a lovely smile, which she does.

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Project Portrait: Day 78

Day 78 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Aimee-mae Edwards – who works with Nana Wereko-Brobby at Social Concierge to help find new clients and promote the brand. She’s also trying to get into the presenting business. What I found interesting about Aimee is that despite the outwardly confident career choices she was making, there was a shyness that seemed to come out when I looked at her through the lens. In fact, the more pictures I took, the more I saw it. So for this photo I wanted to take the idea of Aimee being in the spotlight literally – so I created a halo effect coming from above. But in choosing to be in front of camera, we cannot control how much or how little of the person within is seen by others. It sounds cryptic but hopefully you can see it too.