Stella | Week 3 | #52Portraits

Week 3 of #52portraits – still going strong! This time, featuring Stella and a walk along the Thames.

This project has been such a powerful tool for me to connect with the people on the other side of my lens. We get to have a coffee and chat for a couple hours about anything we want. It’s hard not to feel vulnerable when there is a camera pointed towards you, and I think that it’s the photographer’s job to create a safe space where their subject can be themselves without fear of judgement. No, I’m not going to post embarrassing photos of you mid-blink, no I’m not going to point it out when you put your arms into a weird position. What I will do is talk to you about your day, your first pet, how you like your eggs – little things that help you become at ease with the big glass eye that I happen to be pointing at your face. I’m not just getting better, more authentic pictures of you, I’m getting to know you at the same time. Even if lightning strikes my camera on the way home and I lose all the pictures (touch wood…), we still get to know each other better – and that might be the best thing about this project so far.

So here is Stella: she can tell you all the best places for Italian food in London, she speaks Russian, and she lived in Kansas growing up.

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Frankie | Week 2 | #52Portraits

For week 2 of my #52portraits challenge, Frankie joined me in my flat for some casual portraits and a coffee.

This served as a little “farewell” as I moved flats just a week or so later. I was so proud of my musty little home. Even though it was constantly freezing and in a state of disrepair, it was the first place that I had found on my own, and where I started my life in London. I’ll miss watching the sunset over the Gherkin from the little terrace outside my bedroom window, and I’ll miss living such a short walk from the beigels and thrift shops of Brick Lane. This flat was where I started to smile and stop stressing, taking time to enjoy the small things. Moving across the globe has been a big emotional challenge, completely separating yourself from the networks and relationships that make a city feel like home is really tough. Now, the miles of foreign streets are gradually becoming recognizable as I pin more and more of my memories onto the map of this city. London is beginning to feel a lot less lonely.

The second farewell was to Frankie, whose joy and spark is now brightening Disneyland Paris where she will be working for the coming months. Bon voyage, Frankie – expect a visit from me soon!

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Ginny | Week 1 | #52Portraits

To think that the arbitrary flipping of another page on the calendar can change even the smallest part of your life would be bizarre, yet resolution culture persists. Change doesn’t stick just because “new year new me”, you have to be completely dedicated to adopting new habits or losing old ones. This project could have started in February, June or September, but this felt like the right time to me. A year of portraits, one (or more, we’ll see how it goes) a week for all 52 weeks. These will be completely casual, with no ultimate agenda besides re-kindling my own creativity and hopefully creating something worthwhile. I can’t guarantee that the style will be consistent, or even the posting of the pictures, but that freedom is exactly what I’m looking forward to in this endeavour. Wish me luck, and feel free to pop back and send me angry messages if I’m not posting consistently.

Are you in London? Are you out of London? I’m going to be travelling Europe and beyond at certain points this year, and this project is the perfect excuse to meet people and get some local perspective.
Shoot me an email or message me if you want to participate.

To kick it all off, here’s my lovely pal Ginny – she made me soup after this, what a glorious person. We were blessed with a brief sunset after a rainy day, which gently illuminated the solarium and garden of her flat.

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