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Project Portrait: Day 57

Day 57 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Jonatan Staniec. Jonaten is the founder of MES leather – an artisanal leather craft company in which he creates anything by hand. I had a chance to meet Jonaten a few years ago while I was just starting out with Provenance. The thing I was most drawn to about Jonatan was the idea that he could have easily brought machines in to help him produce more goods faster. Yet, he chooses the long way round, and taught himself the incredibly long and drawn out process of saddle-stitching. I tried carpentry once and found I didn’t have the patience. Jonaten however has found a way of accepting that some things just take a lot of time. This photo was shot in his home/workshop in Wood Green, north London.

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Project Portrait: Day 56

Day 56 of Project Portrait. This week has been a real struggle to get my camera out. I was meant to be in New York but after Paris transport in London has been in absolute chaos. I was looking forward to capturing a large chunk of people from The Next Web of whom I only get to see once a year. But nay bother. The project must go on. Today I wanted to grab another family shot from the archives and this time its my niece, Zahra. This shot was captured just after she’d done something deeply mischievous. From memory, I think it was the moment she threw my shoes in the paddling pool after I refused to get in fully clothed. My niece has always been fiercely independent, and when you first meet her she often ignores you. But, if you stick around, and prove you’re not just another fleeting stranger in her life, she totally melts, as I think this picture shows.

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Project Portrait: Day 55

Day 55 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Stephen Pierce. Steven is a bit of a brand expert but also the founder of http://rampboy.com – a menswear blog with a heavy leaning towards anything coming out of Japan. I met Stephen while in Kazakhstan and immediately stood out from the crowd with his immaculate dress sense. Although I have to say, I imagine Stephen looked pretty weird given mens’ fashion in the Kazakh capital didn’t appear to have moved beyond grey suit. This shot was taken outside the hotel we were staying at.

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Project Portrait: Day 54

Day 54 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Ben Rooney, who is the co-founder of Informilo – a technology website. He was previously the technology editor for the Wall Street Journal in Europe. I had the pleasure of spending four days with him in Kazakhstan attempting to make sense of the politics, the bureaucracy and above all, the startups that have chosen to call this vast country home. In between all of that we had a chance to share our experiences in journalism and how, on several occasions we’ve both considered leaving. Strangely, we both keep getting pulled back in. This image was shot in the Hilton hotel in Astana, the strange Kazakh capital.