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Project Portrait: Day 16

Day 16 of Project Portrait. We have the awesome Vanessa Govinden, probably the coolest librarian I’ve ever met. I’ve known Vanessa since 2012, when we shared a corridor together in Stoke Newington in 2012. We’ve been friends ever since (along with Chris Hunt and Turlough Fortune). I thought about heading over to the library where she works (Central St. Martins) but I loved the light in her bedroom in leafy Highbury (where I used to live). So we built a little mini library to capture this photo.

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Project Portrait: Day 15

So sorry for today’s delay on Project Portrait, been having wi-fi hell times. But, here it is, day 15, and we have Cécile Beauvillard. Cecile is a theatre producer who’s only a recently arrived on these shores from France. I met her at the premiere of another friend of mind, Robert Delamere and we got on like a house on fire. I managed to grab Cecile while she was preparing to put on a new play at the Royal College of Music. I wanted to capture her in the theatre, but had to tell a little tale to the theatre organisers in order to get the lights switched on while the cast and orchestra were rehearsing. I chose black and white because I think the deep reds of the space drag your eye away from the subject. In black and white however, I find the space takes on a different quality.

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Project Portrait: Day 14

Day 14 of Project Portrait. This is Titus. I spotted him while on the way back from shooting Cécile Beauvillard at the Royal College of Music (stay tuned for that one). He had so much energy that I couldn’t help but notice him. His family is originally from Trinidad, and he said playing the steel drum was “in his blood” and while things are sometimes tough for him he said, “when you’ve got sun like this in October things never quite seem that bad.” I couldn’t help but agree. I wanted to bring out some of that in the photo, while capturing his amazingly expressive face. This was shot on Exhibition Road.

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Project Portrait: Day 13

Day 13 of Project Portrait. This is Aya AC, she’s a producer and writer. I met Aya when we used to share a studio together, and we’d often while away hours talking about everything from obscure French cinema, the horrors of living in London, and relationships. Aya has this quiet intensity to her (I mean that in a good way Aya!!) that I wanted to try and convey with the photo by combining gentle sunshine against a terracotta wall. This was shot outside the studio we used to share, where she still works.