01 Aug Here I Am, Send Me Book Photography
I’ve been so excited about this project: a book for The Message Trust, containing teaching from Isaiah, alongside stories of the lives of some amazing people who have been part of The Message.
I’ve been involved in creating photography for the book, and with the stories very personal and individual in most cases, we decided some beautiful portraits of those featured would be a key ingredient. I loved the idea of creating double exposures, layering textures of things drawn from the story lines to merge in with the people involved. Here is Lauren:
I’ve had the honour of knowing Lauren for the past year, when she enrolled as a student at Message Academy. You can watch more of her story here, but what I love about Lauren is her determined, steely resolve. Hailing from Sheffield, (where steel was, of course, the mainstay of the city), it seemed pertinent to use this beautiful gate I spotted on one of the old disused factories.
Here are Gav and Maz, team founders of Eden Buttershaw in Bradford.
And the original photo that made theirs up, paired with a Bradford terraced street.
Here is Laura:
Laura is a brilliant hairdresser, who works at Shine in the Message Enterprise Centre. When I went to take her portrait, I loved the way she had her hair and took this quick snap from the back which became entirely beautiful and ethereal as the layered texture. Here are the ‘ingredients’ to her picture:
Jason is another apprentice at the Message Enterprise Centre. He works with the Building Services team.
Here is Amy, another apprentice at Shine.
Here is Dave, one half of Vital Signs band.
And just so you’re not fooled into thinking these people are all that poised and pouty most of the time, this is their real selves more relaxed.
(Ok, I haven’t got a less poised picture of Dave. He just IS that cool.)
Has that whetted your appetite for the actual thing now?! Buy your copy here: message.org.uk/shop/hereiam