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Project Portrait: Day 49

Day 49 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Victor Szilagyi, yet another member of The Hatch – you can start to see a theme here ;). Victor works on helping large companies think, develop and iterate on ideas like startups do. He’s also a great person to speak to about what happens in America on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. For this shoot whenever I saw Victor around the office he always seemed to be sitting in this pose. So much so, that this picture was the first I actually shot of Victor and it came out perfect. I’ve also been looking at a lot of film still from the 1950s to see how they light their subjects and a one Alfred Hitchcock came up time and time again. I hope it does him, and Victor justice. I have to add, despite the imposing stance, Victor always comes into The Hatch with a smile on his face.

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Project Portrait: Day 48

Day 48 of Project Portrait. Next up we have the awesome Tine Poštuvan, who is another member of The Hatch. Tine is a developer at Equaleyes which is a company that not only provides software solutions to startups, it also helps people with poor eyesight to navigate their way through our digital world. So as you can imagine he’s in demand. For this photo I wanted to try and bring that idea in, so I found two walls very close together and asked him to squeeze in between and try and look as calm and serene as possible – much like he is during the working day. Despite the pressure from everyone around him, he still manages a smile. It was also a fun way to test out shooting at night with a single light – provided courtesy of my iPhone.

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Project Portrait: Day 47

Day 47 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Laïla von Alvensleben. Laila works for Hannoalong with Matthew Lenzi. They help build digital products for companies doing good things. Laila has been traveling all over south-east Asia for the past few months and has only just got back to the UK. Naturally, the weather is a wee bit different here so I wanted to try and capture the idea of adjusting to a colder climate. Outside our co-working space The Hatch there are all these lovely trees with lovely leaves, so I wanted to depict that most British of things, a wet and windy Autumn day. Sadly it wasn’t as windy as I’d liked, so a special shout out to Mr Lenzi for supplying the leaves (you can see his arm to the right of shot). I thought about editing Matt’s arm out, but for some reason I wanted to show that not all photos come as naturally as they might appear.

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Project Portrait: Day 41

Day 46 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Chris Cartwright. Chris is another member of The Hatch London where I work. Part of what I’ve been learning with photography is to learn how to use spaces and small props to help add a context or visual cues for the reader. Sat right in front of me was a triangle painted on the wall. Chris is a designer so I immediately thought they went well together. The hard graphic represents his craft in an abstract kind of way. It was also a visual style used a lot by the surrealists in the 1930s, which I’ve always been a fan of. Chris also used to be in the French Foreign Legion but he’s yet to tell me about that one. 😉