Project Portrait: Day 132
Next up we have the awesome Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe. Now, where do I start with Stephen? Stephen runs a magazine called Salt, which is all about bringing together people and ideas that transform the planet in a positive way. He is also running something called the Compassionate Manifesto, which is a platform for the world’s top 50 thought leaders to come together to solve some of the world’s problems. AND he’s trying to set up a rival to Davos – an invitation only conference for the world’s financial and political elite. So I think you can all agree with me when I say Stephen is trying to make the future a better place for all of us. Stephen is a bright, brimming with energy Scot who is falling over himself to tell you about the wonderful things he’s doing. But it hasn’t always been that way. He’s had his darker moments, too. And he wasn’t always the global citizen for good. But like so many of my portraits, I’m interested in this idea of transition and transformation. It seems people come to me at a point in their lives where they can safely say they’re turning away from a version of themselves in their past and are actively finding a vision of themselves they feel happier, healthier and more at home with. This portrait attempts to show that transition. The dark blue tones of the past creep up Stephen’s face, but he’s firmly focused on the brighter, warmer, happier future. The past is always still there, but we can choose to be either defined by it or galvanised by it. Something I think we can all benefit from.