These people are all strangers to me. I have never met them before and most likely won’t again.
I don’t usually just go up to randoms in the street and photograph them but this is all part of an exciting new project call NOW Portrait set up by my friend and fellow photographer Lucy Williams. It’s all about making connections through photography and this was my first contribution to it (more to come, I’m now addicted). It’s such a simple little thing but it really shifts your perspective - of people, of photography, of the world even. It makes you realise that all those people, rushing about, with places to go and stony faces - all you need do is stop them for a second and they are more than likely rather nice. Somehow the camera gave me a little ticket into their world, just for a few minutes, open and warm, they often gave them a little bit of their story. I decided to start the project on the day I was to travel to Halifax for another shoot and so it begins at Paddington Station. Thanks so much to Janet, Sam, Lydia, James & Pam. Here they are.
All photographs are film. Kodak Portra. Contax 645.