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Project Portrait: Day 28

Day 28 of Project Portrait. Next up we have the incredible Nana. She is Emily Mags 90-year-old grandmother. It was her birthday this weekend and so I wanted to grab something that I felt shed some light on her amazing character. This was taken at one of her children’s homes in north London. Shooting Nana was an absolute blast. She was funny, kind, oh and a massive flirt. She would compliment me on my teeth, a lot, and ask for a kiss. But she also had a wicked sense of humour. While putting this photograph together, she leant over and said, “Emily is kissing another man”. I turned round to see Emily talking to her dad, and she burst out laughing. “You went green!” she chuckled. She has an incredible memory for poetry and would reel off verses at whim. She could even remember the lines she had at a school play she performed in when 6-years-old. If my memory was as even half sharp as hers, and my sense-of-humour still intact by the time I reached her age. I would be a very happy man. Thank you, Nana.

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Project Portrait: Day 27

Day 27 of Project Portrait. Next up is my good friend Jennifer Bradly. Another former ShortList Magazine alumni, we worked together on the magazine for just under two years before Jen went on to pastures greener at GQ magazine, where she is a sub-editor (someone who quietly ensures the writing of people like me is actually readable) and writer. I’ll be the first to admit, we didn’t get on all that well when we worked together, but outside of the job our friendship has been rock solid for years. This portrait was shot inside Conde Nast’s international magazine shop in Mayfair. I wanted to capture an aspect of Jen’s personality that I always enjoy being around. She has this amazingly strong sense of self which I deeply admire (I hope she sees as a compliment! ;))

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Project Portrait: Day 26

Day 26 of Project Portrait. This one is a bit of a treat for me. I was invited over to Leica Camera in Mayfair to have a play around with their latest camera, a £10,000 beast that can shoot cinema grade film. But I haven’t the foggiest idea how to shoot anything worthy of a camera that good. So it was lucky the still image capture was still pretty awesome. The team (thanks Jenny Hodge) even had a model on hand so I could grab a portrait for you lovely lot to look at. This is Haneke, she’s from Stockholm and is a student studying business and economics in her home town. She taught me loads about how Swedish people always watch Donald Duck (it’s like the equivalent of the Queen’s Speech so I’m told) and January in Sweden feels like an eternity. She was also a lot of fun to shoot.

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Project Portrait: Day 25

Day 25 of Project Portrait. Another Thursday, another ‪#‎tbt‬. This time it’s my dad. This photo was taken on an old Nikon F 35mm film camera in 2012. I love how gentle the colours are, and the grain that the film produces. This was taken on the Bournemouth beach front. We were eating fish and chips. Me and my dad used to regularly head down to the south coast, and he’d always suggest things like, “let’s cycle to Bath to see your uncle” (a 65-mile trip) or “let’s walk to the end of this beach” with no real idea how far or how long that’s going to take. I think I captured this shot during one of my, “are you bloody kidding me?” moments. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I don’t appreciate my dad nearly enough or as often as I should. He always just got on with things, and never moaned, complained or asked for anything. So I’m very proud to post this picture today. Dad, you’re awesome.