Taken Word

Portrait Photography

For many years, as far back as I can remember, I was afraid of people. I dreaded talking to complete strangers and I never knew why but I do know it was and is a great fear, to this day. However, people always amazed me; I wondered what their thoughts were and if they were married, someone’s brother or sister, a doctor, lawyer, nurse, barista etc. Then as I grew older I wondered why is it such a threat to talk to people. We were all placed here to share the same earth but we only interact at interviews, when introduced, when asking for directions, when at the store or when at the bank... the list goes on. I had this wonder as long as I had the fear. I guess they go hand in hand. I was always intrigued by what the people I feared do, or who they were. In hindsight, it’s not the people I feared but it’s the idea of walking up to a complete stranger and engaging; a person that I chose to communicate with! Not because I had to ask them the price, or the time, or directions, or work with.

Then I ventured into the world of photography. An art that I fell in love with and apart from doing what makes me tick, I was given the solution to both my fear and wonder. Then it was about 2 years ago when I thought: 

what if I can walk up to people on the street and ask to take their photograph, that’s what photographers do right? Then I will have a justified reason to chat with an interesting person”.

This project came off the back of that. As well, I will be giving those interesting people that I meet, a voice to the world. And with the help of my best friend Tony, whom I really could not have done this without, I kick started this project, which I hope will be ongoing.


​These are the Interesting People, with Jerry Syder

Taken Word - West London

January 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Taken Word ​ On Christmas day I had the pleasure of sharing my Christmas dinner(lunch) with Graham. I think we both enjoyed each other’s company as much. I recalled seeing the smile and gratitude on his face. For a couple of hours I experienced the life of a homeless person. In spite of my willingness to come down to his level for a brief moment...
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Taken Word - Shoreditch/ Brick Lane

September 11, 2015  •  2 Comments
Taken Word Once again I was rushing. I had to meet a friend at a certain spot and I had tucked away my camera. But what I did when I saw Roi, is unusual for me, I stopped him in his tracks. You see I have a general rule of not stopping people in movement because the likeliness of having any meaningful conversation is slim; chances are they’re he...
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Taken Word - Notting Hill Carnival

August 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
​Taken Word This is the last of the Nottinghill set. Like the police woman, this girl said she wished she did not have to work but still happy that she is there to see the bands at #nottinghillcarnival. Next town is Shoreditch and I can't wait to post images I took there, it's such an interesting place, and the people, well you will see for your...
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Taken Word - Camden

July 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
​ Taken Word Colour and beauty did not cease to impress me in #Camden. I met yet another creative on my journeys. This talented and lovely person is another positive representation of the colourful city. We had a great chat and exchanged creative thoughts. India @indiarhl - I'm a newly graduated knitwear designer from Central Saint Martins,...
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Taken Word - Brighton

June 03, 2015  •  2 Comments
​Taken Word Last Shot of the day in Brighton..This guy was hilarious! Very much like the spirit of Brighton, which he claimed to be the godfather of! Like everyone else I chatted to on that day, this mister was full of amusement and life! This is what it's all about. My journey continues. Peter Rickwood — I like walking the streets of Brighton...
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