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Project Portrait: Day 32

Day 32 – it’s Thursday which means another ‪#‎tbt‬ this week it’s an old friend of mine, who some of you might know as uber comedian Josh Widdicombe. Me and Josh went to journalism school together years ago. While I went off into the world of men’s mags, Josh tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Turns out he’s pretty damn good at it. When he was just starting out he asked me to take some pictures of him for press and comedy clubs. This is one of those that was used. I shot this on Red Lion Street near Holborn.

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Project Portrait: Day 31

Day 31, a whole month! I can’t quite believe I got here and haven’t died or given up. As it’s a bit of a milestone I wanted to share something personal. This is my mother. It was the last photo I ever took of her about four years ago, while we were still talking. She asked me to take a picture of her so she could use it on an ID card. She was teaching people how to become counsellors at the time. This was actually one of the outtakes, but I found it while rummaging through some of my old photos. It was taken really quickly and it wasn’t on my radar at the time, but this is the only photo I have of my mum smiling. So over the years this picture has grown in significance for me. The reason we don’t speak is long and convoluted and if you really want to know buy me a beer sometime and I’ll tell you. But, taking pictures of you all has brought up a lot of emotions, which I’m thrilled to have been able to share with you, and hope to keep doing so over the next 330 days.

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Project Portrait: Day 30

Day 30 of Project Portrait. Better late than never, eh? This is the lovely Merilin Lilium who works at The Next Web. Merilin works on the marketing team at the company. I met her at The Next Web’s conference held in March every year. Every time I’m in Amsterdam Merilin always finds me somewhere to sit, which is normally someone else’s place who then has to find somewhere else to work for the day. Needless to say Merilin is enormously popular. This was shot at The Next Web’s HQ, and I’ve always wanted to shoot in a window and use natural light, for which this office has loads.

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Project Portrait: Day 29

Day 29 of Project Portrait. Next up we have James Maguire, Emily Mags’ brother. The three of us all live together in Mile End, where we have recently moved. James works for DoCoMo, a Japanese telecoms company in the city. I thought about where and how I would shoot James, and we were walking around Tower Hamlets cemetery looking for a quiet spot. I looked behind me and saw this amazing setting sun. The lamppost above provided the light.