Project Portrait: Day 133
Next up we have the lovely Uzma Lodhi. Me and Uzma went to secondary school together, we were in the same form class and had a bunch of lessons together, included the ill-judged business studies (I have zero interest in supply and demand). Anyway, Uzma had been following this project and swang by my studio on the weekend. We haven’t seen each other for more than 15 years, which is a feat in itself. But perhaps what was most surprising was how easy it was to talk to someone I hadn’t seen in more than a decade. As you can imagine, we spoke a lot about school, our perceptions of each other and what happened to all those faces we shared our lives with for seven years. It was a surreal, but kind of magical experience. To be taken back to who I was at 11, 12 and 13, and then comparing it to where we’ve both ended up today. For this photo I just wanted to tap into those rose-tinted memories of sunny days sat on walls in and around school, whiling away the hours. I think most of us look back on the positive childhood memories with a gold tinted lens. Laughing, messing around. I didn’t really enjoy school all that much, but I do have some very fond memories, and I have to say re-connecting with Uzma helped me rediscover them again.