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Project Portrait: Day 40

Day 40 of Project Portrait. Next up we have the lovely Jess Holland. I’ve known Jess for years – she’s another journalism school alumni . Jess saw my photos of people at The Hatch and got in touch with Andrew Ibbotson. Some time later, she now works opposite me! And, I get to feature her amazing journalism work on The Next Web. I’m still amazed by how much this project has enriched my life. Jess is a freelance journalist and is probably the only graduate from my class still doing it. So you know she’s got some serious writing chops. This photo was shot just off Brick Lane, which has an amazing patch work of interesting doors and walls.

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Project Portrait: Day 39

Day 39 of Project Portrait. It’s Thursday so I’ve been digging through my Dropbox and found this little gem. This is Alex Olorenshaw an old friend of mine from journalism school. This was taken on a rooftop (uh, we were young, once) just off Brick Lane in London. This image was one of the photos that got me into photography school so I’m really proud of this, and Alex for sitting for me! Hope he doesn’t mind me digging this one out.

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Project Portrait: Day 38

Day 38 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Matt Verity, who along with Andrew Ibbotson is one of the co-founders of TrueView. Matt also runs the co-working space The Hatch where I work. Before taking this picture Matt was telling me how he always gets a bit freaked out when a camera is pointed at him. He even shared his tactic for getting that all natural smile in a photo (pretend you’re laughing), which can be a little weird when taking a group photo and you’re just constantly chuckling to yourself. But in this instance I think it worked out pretty well! (And I’m stealing that tactic, Matt)

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Project Portrait: Day 37

Day 37 of Project Portrait, next up is Ali. Ali runs the newsagent across the road from where I live. He’s probably the loveliest newsagent I’ve ever met (and I used to do A LOT of paper rounds). I’ve lived in this area before and he remembers me when I moved back in a few weeks ago. The first thing he said was, “I see your wife is back (I’m not married, I think he was referring to Emily Mags ), so I’ve ordered more of the ciders she likes.” I was kind of blown away by the idea of him just ordering more stuff in for us. When I asked if he wouldn’t mind me taking his picture he instantly replied, “anything for you.” Again, mind blown by the smallest generosity. I think that comes across in this picture taken in his shop in Mile End.