The young man here is called Khalid and although he doesn't know it yet, he is connected to my new project for 2017. I met Khalid with a group of mates, they were chilling out on some old sofas, passing the time and what looked like a bottle of v**ka. Relaxed doesn't begin to describe it. Anyhow, I was invited to partake and why not? Looking at some of my photos of these very friendly guys from last year, gave me an idea for that project. The plan is to go back on a regular basis and just see how it develops. One of the outcomes could be a small exhibition (with a difference) to tie in with East London Photo Month later this year.
It's been an exciting nine months. First, the selection of one of my images for a poster campaign by Tower Hamlets to promote their programme for Black History Month and swiftly followed by the same image chosen for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016. It's now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery and later this month, the whole exhibition moves north to Sunderland and then back south to Canterbury. The best part has been hearing from complete strangers saying how much they have enjoyed the photograph. Doesn't get much better than that.