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Project Portrait: Day 18

Day 18 of Project Portrait, it’s Thursday, which means it’s ‪#‎tbt‬! This time it’s a photo I took way back in 2010 of my former flatmate Alex Di Francesco. He’s a criminal barrister, and spends most of his time providing counsel to people who can’t afford the astronomical fees of those further up the legal chain. I wanted to try and convey that in this photo by shooting him outside in a slightly run-down, wasted space, as he was always traveling across the country to some of the less glamorous towns dotted around the capital. I liked the clash of his suit and tie, with the rundown feel around him. I also wanted that contrast to be stark so used an off-camera flash. This was shot in Kentish Town.

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Project Portrait: Day 17

Day 17 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Andrew Ibbotson, who is one of the co-founders of TrueView, a startup that helps people connect through the things they love doing, as opposed to a swipe to the right. I was a little scared of Andrew when I first met him earlier this year. However, after a few months working in The Hatch London which he also runs, I learned he’s actually very lovely. This was shot at The Hatch in Shoreditch, and I liked the idea of having something that was a bit cliche in dating circles sat next to him.

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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.

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Project Portrait: Day 12

Day 12 of Project Portrait. Next up is Owen Williams – a reporter for The Next Web. I’ve known Owen since March where we met in Amsterdam for the first time. He’d just moved to the Netherlands from New Zealand, and had been on an epic 54 hour journey and his luggage hadn’t even turned up. Yet, he was still smiling. Owen is a massive tech fan, and so I wanted to have him surrounded by the gadgets he surrounds himself with. This was shot (on the floor) at The Next Web’s HQ.

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Project Portrait: Day 11

Day 11 of Project Portrait. It’s Thursday, which means it’s #tbt! This week I’ve dug out a photo of my 83-year-old grandfather. I shot this in Newbury about three years ago. My grandfather has had a rich and varied life. He served in Malaysia during the little talked about conflict in the 1950s, was a docker, a builder and gave it all up to care for my grandmother when she had a stroke in the 80s. My grandmother died suddenly not to long after this photo was taken. There were some dark moments, but since then he’s rebuilt his life, started again, in his 80s. He’s ‘courting’ (his word, not mine) again, and at my last count, he had three on the go. If I look anything like he does in his 80s, I’ll be very lucky.

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Portrait Project: Day 10

Day 10 (double digits, wahoo!) this is Andrew James Dickens, he’s the head of special projects at ShortList Magazine. I’ve known Dickens for years, as we worked together on ShortList in my first proper job as a journalist. He’s a life long Arsenal fan, so I thought it’d be a good idea to sneak into the fancy apartments that now stand where Highbury Stadium once was. Behind him is where the pitch used to sit, and I asked Andrew to show me how he sat when he used to watch games there. Stressed and anxious in equal measure.

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Project Portrait: Day 9

Day 9 of Project Portrait. Next up is Turlough Fortune – a freelance designer and former flatmate. I first met Turlough in the hallway of a warehouse I used to share with 9 other people in 2012. All I got was a little more than a ‘heyyy’, but since then I’ve baked him a cake and spent many a morning doing burpees in Clissold Park. For this photo I wanted something graphical in the photo, with strong colours, hence the plant and orange and black circles coming out of his head.