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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