Next up we have Kathleen Patricia Keefe. Kathleen got in touch with me after I shot Adah Parris last week and wanted to put her name forward. This is one of the reasons why I have loved doing this project – it’s given me the chance to connect with people and hear their stories in ways I never thought possible. For Kathleen, she’s an artist, a milliner and a book binder. She’s also a carer, charity shop volunteer and life long fan of Frida Kahlo. She has spent her life collecting clothes and trinkets that remind her of the artist ever since discovering her work in art class at school. So for this photo I wanted to make this an ode to one of Kahlo’s paintings. Frida was famed for her strong, very direct self-portraits that were loaded with symbolism. She often used bright colours and objects that provided very direct references to where she was in her life. This is the first of two portraits I took of Kathleen – the second will come on Wednesday. In the half an hour I spent with her, she gave off this wonderfully calm, centred and above all, peaceful vibe. Which from what I know, is something Frida Kahlo always struggled to find. But it’s amazing how someone can find a sense of self through others – and there’s a little Frida pin on Kathleen’s lapel that nods to that. This was one of the most relaxed, enjoyable and above all, fun shoots that I’ve done and I can’t wait to share with you the next two from this series.