Throughout the month of August I met a lot of new people, and definitely got out of my comfort zone a lot but I was very quickly rewarded for it. It all started in my photography class. We were assigned to photograph people on while background like Marcus Lyon and Richard Avedon. I was walking around the local area of my school and asking strangers if I can take photos of them and hear their story. That was the best “lesson” I ever had. I wanted to continue this outside of school, so I grabbed my friends and headed to Shoreditch (as per usual) in order to capture people’s amazing styles and personalities. (I will not include all of the photos that I took because of confidentiality, but I hope you enjoy the ones that I did.) I also tried different styles of editing in order to reflect the vibe I got from the person.
Just as I thought I was done with this project I was walking down a street and stumbled across Ishmael – an extraordinary human that I used to see every day when I went to my old school. That day I took a different route to the one I would normally take and I saw him, one thing led to another and suddenly we were talking about his artwork, life and coincidence. I had nowhere to be so I stayed there for probably half an hour simply talking to this intriguing stranger.
When asked me what I do, I automatically said I’m a photography student. He got so excited and asked me to take photos of him and his work. One thing I’ve learned that day was – talk to strangers! Don’t assume there’s danger at every corner, because people have so much good in them, and you never know what amazing lessons you can learn from them.