Last week I decided it was time to jump in and start a project I’ve wanted to do for a while – creating portraits of strangers. I’ve always known at the back of my mind the importance of shooting for myself, starting personal projects and simply getting out of my comfort zone. When it’s not work you’ve been booked to do it can become all too easy to put things off.
But the truth is, shooting personal work is just as important as shooting paid work.
My biggest push was discovering a blog post by photographer Sachin Khona – I’ve always been an admirer of Sachin, not only of his incredible work but also of his positive attitude and his determination to constantly better himself. Sachin’s project on photographing strangers shows just how important it was for him to push himself and hush that voice of fear we often get as artists. This was the biggest thing for me – I had to remind myself that this wasn’t just about creating work that I was happy with, it was simply the very act of GETTING OUT THERE AND MAKING ART.
Having recently moved by Lark Lane in Liverpool, this seemed an ideal place to start my project. Despite a handful of people saying no, the majority of the people I approached were more than happy to be part of my project, and with each yes came more confidence to keep on shooting.
Below are some of my favourite shots. I’m really excited to carry on with this project, continue getting out of my comfort zone and meet new people along the way Thanks to the Lark Laners who said yes, Sachin Khona for being a big inspiration and my wonderful friend Lydia for coming along for the ride…