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Project Portrait: Day 38

Day 38 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Matt Verity, who along with Andrew Ibbotson is one of the co-founders of TrueView. Matt also runs the co-working space The Hatch where I work. Before taking this picture Matt was telling me how he always gets a bit freaked out when a camera is pointed at him. He even shared his tactic for getting that all natural smile in a photo (pretend you’re laughing), which can be a little weird when taking a group photo and you’re just constantly chuckling to yourself. But in this instance I think it worked out pretty well! (And I’m stealing that tactic, Matt)

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Project Portrait: Day 37

Day 37 of Project Portrait, next up is Ali. Ali runs the newsagent across the road from where I live. He’s probably the loveliest newsagent I’ve ever met (and I used to do A LOT of paper rounds). I’ve lived in this area before and he remembers me when I moved back in a few weeks ago. The first thing he said was, “I see your wife is back (I’m not married, I think he was referring to Emily Mags ), so I’ve ordered more of the ciders she likes.” I was kind of blown away by the idea of him just ordering more stuff in for us. When I asked if he wouldn’t mind me taking his picture he instantly replied, “anything for you.” Again, mind blown by the smallest generosity. I think that comes across in this picture taken in his shop in Mile End.

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Project Portrait: Day 36

Day 36 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Jimmy Vestbirk, who runs his startup, Legal Geek from The Hatch where I also work. Jimmy sits on the same bank of desks as I do. He always seems to be so busy trying to disrupt London’s centuries old legal profession. So for this photo I wanted to try and show his lighter side, which I caught a glimpse of at the last party we had in the studio. Roux was all too glad to lend a helping hand.

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Project Portrait: Day 35

Day 35 of Project Portrait. Next up we have the one, the only Boris Veldhuijzen Van Zanten. Boris is the CEO and co-founder of The Next Web. He’s also my boss. I’ve worked for Boris since March this year and he’s an absolute hoot to work for. The first time I was invited over to his for dinner I woke up at 5 in the morning face down and fully clothed in my hotel room half-way through a conversation with my friend on messenger in which the last words were, “I just think you’re really fucking AWEOSME” [sic]. He’s hands down my favourite boss since Terri White. This was shot at Google Campus while Boris was in London for The Next Web’s World Tour. He’s a man who has always been on the stage – he trained to be a circus performer, but I wanted to grab him before he performed his act.

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Project Portrait: Day 34

Day 34. This time we have a one Juan Buis – he works at The Next Web in our Amsterdam HQ. Juan has these amazing glasses and I’ve always wanted an excuse to recreate one of my favourite photos of David Hockney (another excellent glasses wearer) by David Bailey (Google it!). I shot this at The Hatch London while Juan was over in London for The Next Web’s World Tour this week.

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Project Portrait: Day 33

Day 33 of Project Portrait. Next up is the lovely Ellie Mann, another member of The Hatch. Ellie runs her own design and UX agency singlehandedly, while still finding the time to chat to everyone. She actually started out training to be an architect, but found the designing of presentations far more rewarding than the actual work (and would even charge friends in the process). For this photo Ellie couldn’t stop giggling and was worried she’d come out looking like she’d been running. Despite Ellie emitting this weird humming noise (which I think was a form of laughter) I still managed to find this photo in among it all.

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Project Portrait: Day 32

Day 32 – it’s Thursday which means another ‪#‎tbt‬ this week it’s an old friend of mine, who some of you might know as uber comedian Josh Widdicombe. Me and Josh went to journalism school together years ago. While I went off into the world of men’s mags, Josh tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Turns out he’s pretty damn good at it. When he was just starting out he asked me to take some pictures of him for press and comedy clubs. This is one of those that was used. I shot this on Red Lion Street near Holborn.

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Project Portrait: Day 31

Day 31, a whole month! I can’t quite believe I got here and haven’t died or given up. As it’s a bit of a milestone I wanted to share something personal. This is my mother. It was the last photo I ever took of her about four years ago, while we were still talking. She asked me to take a picture of her so she could use it on an ID card. She was teaching people how to become counsellors at the time. This was actually one of the outtakes, but I found it while rummaging through some of my old photos. It was taken really quickly and it wasn’t on my radar at the time, but this is the only photo I have of my mum smiling. So over the years this picture has grown in significance for me. The reason we don’t speak is long and convoluted and if you really want to know buy me a beer sometime and I’ll tell you. But, taking pictures of you all has brought up a lot of emotions, which I’m thrilled to have been able to share with you, and hope to keep doing so over the next 330 days.

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Project Portrait: Day 30

Day 30 of Project Portrait. Better late than never, eh? This is the lovely Merilin Lilium who works at The Next Web. Merilin works on the marketing team at the company. I met her at The Next Web’s conference held in March every year. Every time I’m in Amsterdam Merilin always finds me somewhere to sit, which is normally someone else’s place who then has to find somewhere else to work for the day. Needless to say Merilin is enormously popular. This was shot at The Next Web’s HQ, and I’ve always wanted to shoot in a window and use natural light, for which this office has loads.

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Project Portrait: Day 29

Day 29 of Project Portrait. Next up we have James Maguire, Emily Mags’ brother. The three of us all live together in Mile End, where we have recently moved. James works for DoCoMo, a Japanese telecoms company in the city. I thought about where and how I would shoot James, and we were walking around Tower Hamlets cemetery looking for a quiet spot. I looked behind me and saw this amazing setting sun. The lamppost above provided the light.