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Project Portrait: Day 55

Day 55 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Stephen Pierce. Steven is a bit of a brand expert but also the founder of http://rampboy.com – a menswear blog with a heavy leaning towards anything coming out of Japan. I met Stephen while in Kazakhstan and immediately stood out from the crowd with his immaculate dress sense. Although I have to say, I imagine Stephen looked pretty weird given mens’ fashion in the Kazakh capital didn’t appear to have moved beyond grey suit. This shot was taken outside the hotel we were staying at.

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Project Portrait: Day 54

Day 54 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Ben Rooney, who is the co-founder of Informilo – a technology website. He was previously the technology editor for the Wall Street Journal in Europe. I had the pleasure of spending four days with him in Kazakhstan attempting to make sense of the politics, the bureaucracy and above all, the startups that have chosen to call this vast country home. In between all of that we had a chance to share our experiences in journalism and how, on several occasions we’ve both considered leaving. Strangely, we both keep getting pulled back in. This image was shot in the Hilton hotel in Astana, the strange Kazakh capital.

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Project Portrait: Day 53

Day 53 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Tun Shwe. Tun works with Victor Szilagyi and Leigh helping companies to think more like startups. I’m starting to run out of spaces at The Hatch so what better excuse to experiment with what’s in the surrounding area to where I work. Heneage Street looks really moody on a night time with its cobble stones and single street light. I wanted to try and capture Tun in the elements as he told me he was a massive surfing fan and the wind was nice and blustery on this night. And, annoyingly there wasn’t a beach and an ocean close to hand.

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Project Portrait: Day 52

Day 52 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Imran, who works with Ellie Mann at The Hatch. Imran is a designer who also, as it turns out, has a special skill for drawing animals. When I asked him if I could take his picture he was working on the sketches you see here. I wanted to incorporate them into the picture some how, and the easiest way was to set up the photo as if you’re peering over his shoulder, in much the same way I did when I first saw them.

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Project Portrait: Day 51

Day 51 of Project Portrait. It’s Thursday, which of course, means it’s time for a‪#‎tbt‬. This time we’re in Los Angeles. Well, Santa Monica to be precise. This photo was taken in the legendary Cove Skatepark. I was in the city covering an e-sports (kids playing computer games for money) and just needed some time not staring at screens in a darkened room. I went down to Santa Monica and I got chatting to the guy in the photo. His name was Niko. I said I was a journalist looking for an excuse to not work. I also mentioned I’d done a bit of photography and he said, “well I’ve not got any images of me skateboarding, so now you’ve got an excuse.” So I spent the afternoon trying to capture something that I felt did him justice. This is the result.

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Project Portrait: Day 50

Day 50 of Project Portrait! Woo! I can’t quite believe I’ve taken 50 portraits, it’s all been a bit of a blur. But I’m still enjoying it so here’s to the next 50! Next up is Leigh Middleton, a colleague of Victor Szilagyi. The two work at, yep, you guessed it, The Hatch. Leigh was sat outside in the little garden area and I loved the lighting and blue hues that seemed to be filling this space. While I always try to bring some kind of concept or visual cue to my pictures – something I recently found out was originally called environmental portraiture – sometimes it’s really satisfying to just see a space that I like and capture someone in it. This was one of those days.

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Project Portrait: Day 49

Day 49 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Victor Szilagyi, yet another member of The Hatch – you can start to see a theme here ;). Victor works on helping large companies think, develop and iterate on ideas like startups do. He’s also a great person to speak to about what happens in America on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. For this shoot whenever I saw Victor around the office he always seemed to be sitting in this pose. So much so, that this picture was the first I actually shot of Victor and it came out perfect. I’ve also been looking at a lot of film still from the 1950s to see how they light their subjects and a one Alfred Hitchcock came up time and time again. I hope it does him, and Victor justice. I have to add, despite the imposing stance, Victor always comes into The Hatch with a smile on his face.

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Project Portrait: Day 48

Day 48 of Project Portrait. Next up we have the awesome Tine Poštuvan, who is another member of The Hatch. Tine is a developer at Equaleyes which is a company that not only provides software solutions to startups, it also helps people with poor eyesight to navigate their way through our digital world. So as you can imagine he’s in demand. For this photo I wanted to try and bring that idea in, so I found two walls very close together and asked him to squeeze in between and try and look as calm and serene as possible – much like he is during the working day. Despite the pressure from everyone around him, he still manages a smile. It was also a fun way to test out shooting at night with a single light – provided courtesy of my iPhone.

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Project Portrait: Day 47

Day 47 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Laïla von Alvensleben. Laila works for Hannoalong with Matthew Lenzi. They help build digital products for companies doing good things. Laila has been traveling all over south-east Asia for the past few months and has only just got back to the UK. Naturally, the weather is a wee bit different here so I wanted to try and capture the idea of adjusting to a colder climate. Outside our co-working space The Hatch there are all these lovely trees with lovely leaves, so I wanted to depict that most British of things, a wet and windy Autumn day. Sadly it wasn’t as windy as I’d liked, so a special shout out to Mr Lenzi for supplying the leaves (you can see his arm to the right of shot). I thought about editing Matt’s arm out, but for some reason I wanted to show that not all photos come as naturally as they might appear.

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Project Portrait: Day 41

Day 46 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Chris Cartwright. Chris is another member of The Hatch London where I work. Part of what I’ve been learning with photography is to learn how to use spaces and small props to help add a context or visual cues for the reader. Sat right in front of me was a triangle painted on the wall. Chris is a designer so I immediately thought they went well together. The hard graphic represents his craft in an abstract kind of way. It was also a visual style used a lot by the surrealists in the 1930s, which I’ve always been a fan of. Chris also used to be in the French Foreign Legion but he’s yet to tell me about that one. 😉