The project started during the VII Photo workshop at the London College of Communication, when we were assigned to portray the change that is happening in the area around Elephant & Castle. The only rule set was that the project needs to be shot within 24 hours and a 1 mile radius. Since the SE1 is probably one of world’s fastest changing urban areas, I kept photographing for weeks after the workshop. My aim was to show a picture story that was formulaic, constrained, and repetitive, and by that, reflect on the effects of large-scale gentrification and regeneration.
The collection of pictures in this gallery is perhaps my most personal project. It started with a simple intention to photograph people in my life. Those that are the closest to me, my family and friends, as well as those whom I may only meet briefly, but have had an impact on who I am as a person. The goal of this project is to create a catalog of faces that I interact with – daily, weekly or just every once in a while.
‘TIS THE SEASON
This series of pictures seeks to be a quiet commentary on human behaviour defined by abundance, consumerism, and dwindling attention span. In a way, a Christmas tree stands directly opposed to these societal and cultural characteristics. While we revere Christmas as a time of togetherness, love and serenity, we treat the physical symbol of Christmas, the Christmas tree, with a ruthless violence. After it serves its purpose, it gets thrown out on the street and discarded. After all, it’s nothing more than a tree. Or is it?