JSyder Photography - Jerry Syder: Blog https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog en-us (C) JSyder Photography - Jerry Syder [email protected] (JSyder Photography - Jerry Syder) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Essaouira, Morocco الصويرة https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog/2020/1/essaouira-morocco When I was first told, “let’s go to Essaouira”, I was like.. who? That’s the expression that I get from everyone when I tell them of this glorious place I’ve been to. It’s not the first time I’ve walked on roads less travelled and I think that’s now my mission, as it allows me to see places that I haven’t already seen tons of pictures of or memories created by millions of others and I promise to not be like “wow this is amazing” to every place I go to unless it truly is.

I’d been to Morocco before – to Marrakech and Agadir. It was memorable but it not for the right reasons; I recalled being haggled constantly and stalked on occasions until I gave in and gave up my cash. I avoided eye contact and even exploring, which is a shame because that is why I travel. I thought I’d give Morocco one more attempt after being reassured that Essaouira is different. I decided to get there via Marrakech and as expected, paid double the fare for a taxi to the bus station(after negotiating). The bus journey was 3hrs, including a 20mins break in between.

I arrived at 11pm so I didn’t see much that night but what I did notice, was that the temperature was almost 20 degrees cooler from the 45C that I left behind in Marrakech. Navigating my way to the Airbnb that I stayed at was easy enough at that hour, without internet. It was a lovely Riad that offered breakfast in the morning.

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The first thing I realised after walking the deserted streets in the early hours, was how safe I felt. Despite the dilapidated buildings and ruins, which usually lends itself to adversity, the people themselves were quite jovial and warm. Most importantly, for me, I wasn’t treated like a tourist that had a target on his back. That may, in part, have to do with the fact that I was taken for Moroccan on pretty much every encounter I had. That said, my friend that I travelled with felt the same so did other white travellers that we met. There weren’t that many foreign tourists if I’m honest and I was relieved that this wasn’t one of those sort-after destinations but it should be and at the moment, it’s my #1.

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I keep describing it as something from the movies. Several come to mind: Game of Thrones, Gladiator etc. and most recently John Wick 3 which were all, in fact, filmed here.
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Wandering down the side alleys of the medina, you’d smell the fragrant air, enriched with flavours of local dishes. Mostly fish, which there is plenty of, as the Essaouira Citadel (Port) was just a short walk away so I took full advantage of the availability, at a very cheap cost. We settled down for lunch in a spot where 90% of the crowd eating were locals; it must be good.

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That night, we discovered this nightclub of sorts which was not expected for obvious reasons. It seemed like a place for locals and visitors to mingle. The night started off with Gnawa Music and Dance. Described by the Lonely Planet as an “Afro-Moroccan group whose music, culture and traditions are the heartbeat of Morocco”.

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I leapt out of bed the next day excited to see what more I will discover inside and out of the medina that we stayed in. I must say that my favourite time to walk these streets was in the early hours.

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These paths on the outskirts connect to a central spine where the souks are laced on either side; kind of like the main stretch, the center of the medina. It was really an experience shopping alongside the locals. In a lot of places, they don’t even haggle and whatever the price is, you pay it – whether you’re a local or tourist. I liked this.

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I never do tour guides but seeing as this one wasn’t expensive, I thought to give it a try. It was worth it – that bit of extra knowledge really extended my view of this place. Said represents Urban Adventures in Essaouira. Apart from being a super nice guy, he took me round to some spots that I walked past and didn’t even bother to venture into.

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The Mellah: Mellah is a walled Jewish quarter of a town, a ghetto. Jewish population were confined to mellahs in Morocco beginning from the 15th century and especially since the early 19th century.
The term mellah connotes not just the physical space where jews lived but also the communal space of the Jews. The mellah was usually walled with a fortified gateway. Frequently, the mellah was located to a corner of the city, having its own gates, allowing full segration between Jews and Muslims.


Jewish settlementShacks in EssaouiraShacks in the mellah or Jewish quarter, Essaouira, Morocco where the jews lived
As with every gorgeous day, when it ends, there’s(should be) a beautiful sunset by the sea. A bit more history about this village: ‘Essaouira was built as a coastal fortress in the 16th century by the Portuguese who held it for many years, despite the attempts of many other European nations to occupy it, until Morocco took it back as a main trading port for Marrakech. Its high walls and ramparts still protect the shoreline today; the cannons pointed at the Atlantic are constantly straddled by tourists looking for a photo opportunity. However, Essaouira is not a place of historical pilgrimage for visitors, but more a painful reminder of progression and waning heritage for local fishermen’ Extract. This is one of those places that I must visit again and encourage others that are looking for a chilled week in Morocco.

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Poland https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog/2018/6/poland My happy place; it’s what I now refer to Poland as. I would not have known, hadn't my dear friend Paula invited me and shown me around. She was kind enough to let me stay at her family’s property and escorted me around proudly. Prior, I had no expectations but what I saw and experienced was astounding. To be honest, what I thought I would see was some desolation – for whatever reason, there is a preconception. In fact, Poland isn’t even on the map as a holiday destination. Maybe, it’s because of the distress the nation has been through throughout the years. This distress can be seen, unknowingly to them, in their faces. I met a guy on the plane, a really nice English chap and in his words, “even if they don’t look friendly on the outside, they are on the inside”. This led me to want to engage. Well, I didn’t have to - I was generously greeted with warmth and smiles. Some even approached me in friendly banter. Yes, others were speculative but that was just their curiosity. I embraced this and smiled, which in turn broke down walls.

I arrived at the tiny airport in Kraków and the first thing I realised, was how modern the architecture was – it actually looked like a fancy shopping mall. A lot nicer than London’s Stansted where I departed from. Paula's mum drove us to a nearby KFC where I had my first meal; I have this thing, where I must try KFC in every country I go to, so I insisted. On the drive home, I kept gazing out the window at the landscapes and infrastructure and thought, “this was not what I expected”.


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The day after, we thought we’d just have a chilled walk in this nearby village, Lanckorona. Lanckorona is also known for the Battle of the Bar Confederation that took place at the Lanckorona CastlePaula’s family lived on the outskirts of Kraków. This suited me well; as much as I love exploring cities, I love the calmness the fresher air brings so living on the outskirts of any major city is exhilarating to me because you get the best of both worlds. I encourage you to explore the outside of the city centre on your next big trip and experience some not-so-modern architecture and greener air. APC_0127-PanoAPC_0127-Pano APC_0133APC_0133 APC_0138APC_0138 7d67a1ab-52e3-4668-9db0-a4e06943fe707d67a1ab-52e3-4668-9db0-a4e06943fe70

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With just a short walk from the castle to the main square in Kraków, be sure to navigate around the side streets to discover some cute alleyways and horse ridden cobbly streets that all lead to the main square. There you would find buskers, intimate boutiques and interesting churches(which seem to be on every corner, like pubs are in London). _JSP6015_JSP6015 _JSP6037_JSP6037

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You’d know when you’re getting closer to the Main Square when you see the horse-drawn carriages, which can take you into Kazimierz(The Old Jewish Quarter), or Wawel Hill. I’ve not been on them myself but you can get a good sense of the city when they take you around. Bear in mind, there’s no commentary so you don’t really find out about what you’re going past. _JSP6138_JSP6138



The Square itself is always buzzing. I hung around for hours and the pace didn’t change. It only got busier as the hours went by. If you find yourself by one of the many restaurants surrounding it, treat your eyes to people watching and your tastebuds to a scrumptious Polish breakfast.


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We then walked over to Kazimierz, the Old Jewish Quarter. Paula told me that I would like it there but I didn’t know what to expect. It was a 15min walk there and the buildings and silhouettes didn’t stop pleasing my eyes. Around almost every corner, there was another attractive square. Another wow moment. The textures looked more mature and I can smell the history that lurked in the air.

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It was a clear sign that we’d arrived. The street names were labelled in Hebrew and preserved synagogues stood still.

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Nothing better to end the hot day than with a cold polish beer and the company of the loveliest person. Cheers, Paula.



We had a long day of walking around and I’m not sure if it was a good idea, or maybe it was but the day after, there was an enduring hike planned. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Morskie Oko and according to the health app on my iPhone, I did 18.8km and 25,397 steps on that day. Morskie Oko was well worth it. It’s not something that you’d likely see if you just do a weekend trip to Kraków or haven’t made special plans to go there. There, I saw coaches so I guess that’s an option if you do some research. The walk itself takes you through the mountains on a paved path. It's a scenic and beautiful walk I might add but when you get there, it feels like you’ve been transported to another dimension and the journey loses itself it the magnificence of this grandeur.

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The thing is, when you’ve trekked hours to a beautiful location, no matter how beautiful it is or how worthy it is, you've always got to get back down. What I suggest, to make sure you’re prepared for the walk back, is to have a bottle of water and maybe a snicker bar for a boost of energy. Thankfully, I had Paula with me so we played how well do you know Paula/ how well do you know Jerry(Ok that lasted 15mins but still).

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The day after, we licked our wounds and took it a bit easier. It was the eve of Corpus Christi and what a good day it was to stroll through some of the most prestigious churches and Catholic establishments here, then have a last drink at the Main Square. One thing for certain is that the country takes Christianity seriously. Devout Christians can be seen bowing their knees at churches and if someone goes past a church, the sign of the cross would be made. This devotion humbled me, being a Christian myself.


The Divine Mercy Sanctuary and Chapel of the miraculous image of the merciful Jesus and the tome of St. Faustina, the resting place of Saint Faustina KowalskaThroughout her life, Faustina reported having visions of Jesus and conversations with him, of which she wrote in her diary, later published as The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul. 

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In closing, I had an absolutely amazing time. Paula’s friends and family welcomed me warmly and mum fed me gracefully. Apologies for not covering the food extensively. Let’s just say that my tummy was smiling every day.

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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, after an hour or so I was already running out of that willingness. The warm food that I brought with me went cold after five minutes of plating it and the rain came so the crispy roast potatoes became soggy and the chicken, a bit too juicy for my liking. Nevertheless we finished our meals and enjoyed a glass of red wine and exchanged stories with laughter(inspired by @lee_jeffries)
Graham – I am originally from Scotland and years ago decided to walk to London. It took me 20 days to walk and I only stopped at night to sleep. Since then I have been making that journey back and forth, a couple times a year. It’s about 500 miles so I walk an average of 22 miles a day, I love it though. I am now turning 50 and it’s about 15 years ago I last worked. I used to lay tiles on roofs for a living, that’s all I’ve always done. When I became homeless, I realised I can get by without working. I don’t need much really; my stomach has shrunk and my body has adapted to utilising very little energy. I can go days without eating and when I’m walking to and from Scotland, I survive on pheasant and pigeon eggs when I can find them. I have quite a few children but don’t know where they all are. I don’t know the exact number either.




I really miss going out as often as I use to. Every time I do, the gust and the rain comes and you really don’t want to be stopping a Londoner in torrential weather. Anyone as a matter of fact. So now I look for every opportunity to meet someone. But today is winter solstice and as my friend put it earlier – “on a happier note, today has the longest night and from tomorrow we head into summer”. Now that’s the most optimistic outlook ever, even for me but it would do…. When I saw this guy, I somehow knew that he’d have an interesting story, I so I asked if I can take his photo.
Ferdinand - I am 22 years old and originally from Paris but moved to London 3 years ago. I studied literature and arts at university and classical piano at the conservatoire. Both of my parents are actors so I come from a very creative background and I've always been passionate about art myself. I am 100% French but I've always been very influenced by British culture. I absolutely adore the English language and humour. I used to listen to the Beatles, the stones, and David Bowie when I was a child. Fascinated by the sounds and melodies and the quirky fashion of course. All these artists inspired me and it translates in the clothes I wear as well. Very east London but I keep a Parisian edge. I went through two different life changing events – When I came out as gay when I was 15 and moving to London when I was 20. I went through a self-discovery and it made me the person I am today. And The journey is definitely not over.




We all got to do what we got to do. I saw Loren standing here with pen and paper trying to get people to sign up for courses. Usually, I would hurry along and not make eye contact but right now, I am in predator mode and want to grab every opportunity I can. While she took my details to pass on to other sales representatives, I took the opportunity to have a quick chat and take her photo. Perfect trade I would say. I did say and she chuckled because she thought I was being clever. Then agreed that it was fair enough. Such is life – there are many ways we can find to give back. It’s not just about taking.
Loren – The spelling of my name is Spanish. Some say I look Hispanic too but I’m not. I’m actually half Jamaican half English. I am a sales representative for this company and just started a couple weeks ago. The target is to get at least ten names and numbers, yours is the eight. I really don’t know what it is going to be like when winter really hits, we’d just have to wait and see



Sometimes, in our pursuit, we have to be predators. I read in a sales article recently that 75%+ of successful calls are from the 6th or 7th contact. I thought what?? It's not in my nature to pester. But I can be the one left empty handed if I don't so it's up to me to choose. Although this project is not work related, it applies. So does it to everything in life. I had a 30 minute window, whilst waiting for someone, to grab a couple photos and meet a couple people - that I did(ok the ratio I just mentioned is irrelevant but the concept is the same as I pushed myself to stop people)!!

Cristian - I am Romanian but came to London recently to work. I work in a kitchen here and enjoy what I do but can't wait to go home in a few weeks. Romanian Christmas is the best!! You actually feel the spirit of Christmas because there's a lot of traditions and the atmosphere is just out of the world. If anyone want to experience Christmas, they should go to Romania




Hanging out with Katya was real fun - we had some good laughs and spoke a lot about photography, my favourite thing. At one point, I think she got fed-up of hearing me going on about shutter speeds and apertures. She did show genuine interest to learn the craft though and I was ever more eager to show her a few tips and tricks. Once again, an amazing story by an amazing individual.
Katya - I studied Photography, Russian, IT & Accountancy at college. I then joined a Microsoft apprenticeship where I was the only girl which was nerve-racking as all the boys already new how to take apart a PC & motherboard. But I'm a determined person and fast learner and was soon at their level. I then went on to work at Random House Publishers. One of the most challenging and enjoyable experience in life is when I went to Australia on my own. I turned 18 and wanted to do something independent and far away. This tested me in ways I didn't think it would. I used invaluable survival skills my mum taught me. That was 5 years ago and I'm still learning from her. I love wakeboarding and secretly really want to compete. If I could do anything right now, that would be sailing. Total peace and serenity; something you don't get working full time in London




Circumstances made me who I am… Every experience that I’ve had, both negative and positive, have moulded the Jerry that I know. I have had accomplishments and failures and I am grateful even for the failures. Saying this, of course depends on our current status in life because when we are going through the trials, it’s difficult to see beyond that. We may even choose a difficult path which may in turn lead to our relevant happiness. This can mean giving up the comfy day job that brings security, to pursue something that rewards peace and content. Rosie reminded me a lot about me, so does a lot of the people that I meet. She left her comfort in the UK to travel for three months to the US to explore and discover more of herself.
Rosie – I have just returned to the UK after travelling to America for 3 months where I couch surfed and lived really basic. I’ve changed so much in those three months and now I think I am more open minded and allow myself to take greater risks(within reason). I studied English Literature in college and there was a festival for one of my favourite novelist and poet, Jack Kerouac(@jack__kerouac) in Massachusetts and this is one of the main reasons I went to the States. It’s actually funny because your name sound similar to one of Jack’s friends Gary Snyder(who is fictionalised in one of his books as Japhy Ryder). I met so many wonderful people on my trip and learnt how connecting with people is so important




I have always admired the knowledge and wisdom of elderly people. A good friend of mine @suetmoss actually said she prefer hanging out with older people because she get along well with them. Now I don’t want to objectify elderly people but in spite of my acknowledgement of their wisdom, you won’t necessarily see me hanging out with someone that is 78 years old. That’s just because I didn’t think I will get along well. Sometimes, maybe, we must try and put our own perceptions behind us. I have been speaking a lot about limits and limitations recently and this is just another; when we perceive and stereotype without any sort of justification, thus limiting ourselves from new experiences. Well, all I can say is I’m glad I stopped because I had one of the best conversations I’ve had in forever.
Chris – I am 78 years old, going on 79 soon. My full name is Christoffer; the spelling is Dutch as I am originally white South African but have lived over 50 years in this country. I came initially to join the Royal Navy but didn’t – I just got into other jobs and I’m now retired. One thing I sort of regret is retiring when I did. What I would say to anyone is work as long as your body can handle it. When you stop working, your brain becomes inactive and everything around slows down. I am still very abled though, because I look after my body by eating well and exercising often. Also, you must chew your food properly…




It helps when I do things differently, sometimes it’s the only way. I find actually, in most cases when I’ve broken my own rules and stepped outside of the box, I gain even more rewarding things. Now I am the biggest procrastinator I know – I wish there was a cure for it. There are many times I leave home with my camera and come back home with nothing because I’ve found a million excuses “not to”. So yesterday when I visited Ealing, London, I started with the excuses as soon as I got off the bus; “ok I’ve not stopped people in this area before so I need to warm into it i.e. its OK if I go home without engaging with anyone”. However, walking up the high street I saw this guy and made a momentary decision to break the rules. 1. He was walking steadily heading somewhere 2. He had his earphones plugged in and I still decided to stop him to have a chat.
Mo(@momoassaad) – I am not from this area but my friend lives just up the road there. I am a Freelance Filmmaker and have been for the past 3 years. I am originally from Egypt but have travelled a lot and grew up here where I studied. I still travel all over to film documentaries and work on various projects. My dad is actually a Filmmaker himself and has his own business in Dubai




Although it’s very grim right now in London and the UK, there are still pleasant faces around. Well, to be fair this was the first sunny and pleasant day we’d experience in a while. It was last Wednesday and I was walking on the #Southbank on the river Thames and just enjoying the atmosphere when I ran into this guy, who was also pleasant and a really cool chap. We chatted a bit and I told him about the rejection I had just moments away. He was surprised because he said he does it a lot – chat to random strangers. Teagan shared some insights about his job, where he works and some of his interests.
Teagan – I work in Saudi Arabia as a teacher. I love travelling and some of my favourite places that I’ve been to are in Asia like Thailand, Singapore etc. I do get “the look” a lot when I’m going through customs because of my beard. It’s very restrictive where I work; because it’s a Muslim state, I don’t drink or go out much so when I go on holiday, I make the most of it. Sometimes I am taken back in classes, when one of the students have a picture on their phone of someone we’re terrified of in the Western world. They actually praise some of them but I just stay quite when the banter starts. I love my job and I don’t get to do much outside of work, because there is no television or cable so I go for long runs




Poverty is everywhere – we see it all around us and we hear about it too. With the hundreds of campaigns and charities about, we can’t help but be aware. But with influence by peers and the media, as with most things, we tend to build preconceptions; instead of focusing on the good that is being done, we steer our focus on negative possibilities of charity organisations being a money making venture. And, that the heads of some of these organisations take the money and put it in their own pockets. These are some of the things me and David spoke about, before I was given a tour in a makeshift tent(home for some) that replicates the abode of thousands living in poverty stricken countries. The way I see it is, there is both good and bad in everything and we all have a choice in where we place our focus.
David – I enjoy working here at @WorldVisionUK. I love the fact that I am doing a job that enables me to help people, regardless of the country they live in. By working here, I get to see for myself, where the money goes to and the people that we are truly helping. I have been married for 5years now with 3 lovely sons. I am training to be a Vicar at the moment




Failure and rejection: It’s all very easy sometimes to say don’t “give up”, “keep trying”; Those words are powerful but all too cliché if we don’t put context around them. It’s easier said than done, like most things in life, and yesterday I was faced with one of those situations I get asked about a lot - “Do people ever say no/are you ever rejected?”. I walked up to a guy who was on his phone and enjoying a hot drink. I said hi and he asked “what do you want, I don’t know you”. I introduced myself and told him about my project and he said he’s not interested. Now this, believe it or not, doesn’t happen often – maybe 3 times in total. My initial feeling was, distraught! I immediately had to pick myself up and carry on – either that or go home with nothing. I didn’t give up though but this strength was developed only by doing this several times. So maybe that’s the moral of the story here. And this is one of the few images I got after that “rejection”

Martin – I am an IT professional, well that’s my day job really. I enjoy reading books. I usually just come here and have a look at an interesting title and take it from there. I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read, too many




It's really something, that(especially in London) the person living just next door to you, can be an actor, singer, achieved something great or in contrast, dying and you won't know. There's ALOT happening on our doorstep and we just go about. I've been going to this shop for about a year and having random chats. It's only when I asked, "tell me a bit more", I discovered amazingly interesting things about Singh.
Singh - I was born and grew up in Mumbai, India. Back when I was in college I played baseball and was on the official college team, I was really good. I am also very good at Snooker - I love the game. I can play all day without even eating. I came to London 8 years ago. I came because at the time, everyone back home was leaving. It was almost like the thing to do. Whenever you asked someone what they want to do, it would be to go abroad.




I tend to just do my own thing most times, unless a client have specific requests of course! But I am really enjoying this 5 day challenge as it’s causing me to push my creativity within the confines of black and white! Today’s photo is of a person with one of the biggest hearts in the world!
Veronika – I’m originally from the Czech Republic. I came to London 8 years ago – after 5 years, I decided to make my dream come through and travel across New Zealand where I spent a year and a half backpacking. It was the best experience of my life. I then came back to London last year and currently working at a hair salon. I have been living an awesome life I think and I enjoy every moment I’m awake. I have no regrets in my life but I do miss my family, horse and dog back home. Music is my biggest companion and I love to sing and play the guitar.




The world is such a big place, yet small as they say. On the day I met this model, Barbara, I had no idea that as we were speaking, bombings and shootings of innocent people were taking place in the country where she is from. Isn’t it something really, that while we are having a good time in one place and enjoying laughter, someone can be crying and grieving in another. Of course there is nothing we can physically do, or that there is anything wrong in having a good time.. just saying! My heart, light and peace do go out to people that are suffering however; to Barbara’s friends and family, to mine and to others, Peace and Love be on to you.
Barbara(@barbara.cermolacce) – I am a model. I really enjoy modelling but what I would love to do one day is open a bar for creatives; like tattoo artists, painters, photographers etc to just come and interact and inspire each other




It’s now cold, windy and typically miserable in London. That’s created some challenges for me. Not that I mind going out in the cold to take pictures and chat to people but they may mind a stranger stopping them in the freezing cold to chat. Unless they come to you of course; while I was stood with my friend chatting, this guy walked up to us. Although I had my camera in my bag, I had no plans to engage with anyone because it was, cold and dark and I’d simply given up. It was only while chatting to him, I thought why not ask him to take his photo. It is easy to miss what’s right in front of us at times. As much as I am trying to open up my eyes and see, being human means that our vision can get skewed by what we are too focused on, thus missing the little treasures in front our eyes.
Jide – My name is Jide(pronounced Jee-day) I live in London Victoria. Born and raised in London but from Nigerian parents. I am not working at the moment, I just sell stuff to get by

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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 heading somewhere and need to get there for a certain time(kind of like me on this very occasion). Although a bit guarded at first, Roi stopped and listened while I talked about my project and asked a little about him. Takeaway here is sometimes we must step outside of the norm, or give our box-of-rules a little flex. Or simply take a chance or risk at whatever, it’s only if you try, you’d know. It can go either way but at least you’d know… And at least you’ve tried.
Roi – You are right, I am in a band, I am a musician. I do vocals and keyboards for my band Mechanical Cabaret. It’s electronic music but I am a freelance musician as well so sometimes I am hired by other bands or groups, if they need a keyboardist



Continuing the discussion from 2 posts ago. I hinted that there are similarities in all of us and in conversation with Andre, we went in depth and still only touched the surface as to how similar we all are. But there are contributors to what do make us (appear)different; cultural, demographic, and environmental are all influences that define or fine tune our individuality. The thing is, we can all feel happy, sad or angry but those influences may help explain the why. We discussed the differences like for example why Londoners are so-called grumpy, and that that’s part to do with the Environment and Climate. Standing at this corner in #Bricklane, we chatted for almost an hour(maybe more). Looking around, we saw every nationality that anyone can think about and marvelled at how similar they can actually be to us, at the same time, highlighting some of our own similarities.
Andre – I moved around a lot because of my Dad’s job. I was born in South Africa, Mthatha formerly Umtata. I lived there for 3-4 years then moved to New Zealand for 7 years, then Melbourne Australia for 6 years, then Bahrain for 4yrs(which was my fav place if I had to choose), then Netherland for 3 years where I studied International Business; I did not get a tan from any of those places btw. I then gave up that plan to work in an office, to pursue my dream as an artist. I now paint, and I produce electronic music which I have an obsession with



Just Do It: No this in not a @Nike slogan! This is about doing something, whatever that is, without wondering whether you will be accepted. I know that is easier said than done, and fear of course still loiters in all of us. I can only speak for myself, as a creative that it is never easy. Every time I post a photograph I think of the audience, if I will be accepted. That same fear(which is connected to passion in some way) can hinder me from moving forward. One of the things that I tend not to do, is shoot in low light unless I have a tripod. It is now that time of the year when it gets dark at 4pm and on this day, I thought, let me chance it. It’s either I take the risk, or I don’t get the shot at all. But the questions in my head starts, what about the grain that appears in photos by shooting in low light? Would it not be accepted because the light isn’t flattering? So I can sit here procrastinating, or I can hit the publish button. What I am getting at is, do not be afraid about being accepted in whatever you do, otherwise you would sit forever, staring at the publish button. p.s. fear still lurks



I’d just come out of the street food market in Shoreditch. I walked past a group of guys painting a wall which was going to be an advert for @absolutuk/ @absolutvodka. I have never seen first-hand how this is done but I was astonished by these artists. They were literally using an A4 print of what the finished product should look like. There was a crew doing it but I’d only manage to have a chat to one, Darren. More and more I’m meeting people like myself which reminds me so much of how we are all connected. There are similarities I’m seeing in everyone I speak to, some more so than others but similarities nevertheless. Someone commented today that I meet quite a mix of people on my travels, which is true in appearance but what about the likenesses? To be continued…
@darrenjohnI’m an artist. It’s what I do full time and commercial painting is just one of the aspects. It is fun because it’s art but I’ve also got my own body of work where I paint for me. Doing commercial paintings like this is a bit different. Because there’s a team, we generally have a plan and come fully prepared on how and where to start but everything is prepared from the start because we our aim is to get the job done efficiently



This was another accidental encounter – I mean how often do you get to chat with your bus driver, And take their photo too! It was great meeting Pat – her story, again, I would not have known had I not have a conversation. So, it seems like there is a lot of change going on behind the scenes in #London. I mean, the cost of living is high as it is, then there is Pickles story from a previous post about the gentrification in London. Now it seems that London Bus Drivers don’t get paid when they’re at the garage waiting to be released, or when they’re at a stand waiting(like Pat in this image) even if it’s not by choice, and although they are on the job. Nor do they get paid when they are on a break, which by law in the UK, is after 5.5hrs driving time. So literally, when the engine starts and they punch in their code, their meter starts running. In spite of it all, Pat still maintains a great big smile and loves what she do. So when next you get irritated with a bus driver, just have a think about what they may be going through.


Recently, what I’ve been getting better at is seeing. I am definitely one, like most Londoners, that can leave home, get on the bus and train and get to where I’m going, blindfolded! I don’t think we’re programmed this way, I think we’ve all evolved into focusing on what’s directly in front of us. With social media and the internet at our finger tips, it’s even more so. It is one of our priorities and the main concern is battery life. While I was untangling the cable for my portable charger and focusing on google maps to direct me to the nearest underground station, I saw Katherine and did what I find myself doing a lot lately, I back-tracked. I think it’s because I am becoming observant to my surroundings more and more lately. Utilising all of my peripheral and intentionally noticing the beauty that’s around.
Katherine – I am from Hong Kong. I came here to study Costume Design at University. I work at the vintage shop on Brick Lane and love hanging out in the area




I respect anyone that are happy in whatever they do. When I worked in the corporate sector, I managed a team of four. I would always tell them that whatever they do in life, put a 110% in it. Of course, I wanted them to do their best but it was more about the outlook on life. I grew up believing that and it’s evidently taken me from one place to another, usually a “higher place”. I think this perspective sets apart true successors, and well the others. That’s what I got from this young lady; it was a Saturday afternoon and I’m pretty sure she’d rather be getting ready to go and hang out with her friends. Instead, she had to work and her presence was so on fire. Every customer that approached this pizza truck she worked at in Brick Lane, was greeted with big smiles and a warm personality. I did not get a chance to chat to her but it almost felt like she was excited to be there and she loved working at the pizza truck



​Its really sad sometimes when I hear stories like this from other creatives. Actually, it is the world we live in where the strong survive. It is a reminder however, that as a creative myself, I have to give it all. It’s in my nature anyway to keep pursuing, keep evolving, keep growing as an artist and person. There is room for all of us still. What’s beautiful is that, in spite of her story, Allyce keeps smiling; what a radiant person she is. Initially, I saw an interesting individual that’s going from door to door. It’s only after conversation, when I took out my camera, her story unfolded.
Allyce – I’m walking around trying to make sure everyone is on the poll. Verifying the people that live at these addresses. It’s a Saturday so not many are at home which means I will have to come back. My profession is actually a Picture Editor – I have worked for known magazines such as Time Out, Time Magazine and others but now I am a Freelance Picture Editor. It’s really hard now because the market is so saturated and I feel like I’ve been pushed out and it’s hard to find work doing what I love



I don’t always get to have a big chat with the people I encounter. This gorgeous lady, I met whilst doing a photoshoot of another person at their work location. I was working and not doing my street photography project. I’d actually taken a break from filing with the guys @on.set for the #streetphotographydocumentary to do this job, before re-joining them(that’s how I roll). So although I was in a rush and Brooke needed to get back to work, I humbly asked if I can take her photograph. My own thoughts were, a strong courageous person that isn’t fazed much. What is great in life is that we can find such strength from others, and a lot of people I meet, I absorb what I need. Isn’t that part of this whole living thing is about anyway? Sharing, learning, growing…
Brooke – I moved to London just over 10 months ago with no plans on going back to Melbourne, where I’m from. I guess I plan to take holidays in other places, but I don't plan on moving somewhere else



Ok, I think it’s becoming redundant now; me talking about the coincidence of bumping into creatives. Yet another one.. actually, I will leave it to you to guess next time. I was actually in a hurry, hustling to catch the underground with @on.set, on the film set of #London! We were on our way to meet @ecolephoto, a London legend and yes another creative(I’d hit myself in a minute). Then I did a back step when I saw this guy! It’s like the magnet draws me and I cannot help myself. We then got into chatting and as usual, I got carried away and deep in conversation because he’s such a cool lad. It wasn’t before long, I felt a tap on my shoulder – it was one of the film crew @adxn_ reminding me that we’re going underground. I’m just loving the interaction with strangers and now itching as I type this, to go out on the streets again.
Jason Ngo - I'm an agency represented model (commercial/alternative). I grew up in London and actually run a Beauty salon and perform nail treatments and cut hair. I also customise own clothes for individuality and appear in some Hollywood films as a soldier with combat training


Once again, I hit the streets of #Shoreditch and #Bricklane. This time, I was invited by @on.set to document my process of walking up to strangers on the street. They are doing a documentary on street photography and the impact social media has, if any, as many photographers use platforms such as @instagram to share their work. I also met a few other photographers that likewise were being recorded and I must say, I enjoyed the day hanging out with these like-minded people. On the topic of like-minded people, I shared recently about the coincidental running ins to other creatives of different sorts. And this day was no exception. When the group started off, I saw this lovely lady with her friend. At first, she was talking on her mobile and I just lingered, looking around aimlessly but really waiting to have a quick chat and grab a photo of her, too.
Naimah(@lilmissbonez) – I am from Ireland but living and working in London. I just finished my degree in illustration and I love writing. I am going to start an online children’s book writing course soon. I love travelling and would like to see the world a little bit more



One thing I find very common in the people I meet, is art. In some shape or form, art seem to reside in a lot of us. Maybe we are drawn to each other or maybe it’s pure coincidence? I’ve just done the math and no cheating, 70% of the people that I’ve stopped and photographed are an artist of some sort namely, painters, writers, DJ, Tattoo Artist, knitter, photographer, street painter, dancer, actor and textile designer. These are just off the top of my head. I would not lie, when I saw @hannahreuter.textiles standing by this corner, I was drawn to her colours and vibrant personality that shun through. And my God, after looking at her work online, I am truly inspired, by this other form of art.
@hannahreuter.textilesI am a textile designer. I specialise in printed textiles for fashion and interiors. I escaped the country and moved to the big city to follow my dream and passion for textile design



So I don’t always choose who I’m going to photograph and meet. As a matter of fact, this was a pure coincidence but as my friend told me recently, there are no coincidences. As we(me and my friend @tonybegins) were walking, moments after chatting to pickles(see last post), we heard a car honking vigorously. We turned around to see this guy cycling up the street with a car behind him honking for him to get out of the way. It was the perfect contrast between guy on a bike going at a slow stride and guy in a car, contributing to the hustle and bustle in an area where you have just that contrast, #Shoreditch. The man on the bike eventually pulled to the side where I stood and we started chatting.
Ads – I’m an ex-convict. I was born here but lived in the states for 19 years until I was extradited back to the UK. I now do what I can to make a living



It’s funny how things can be happening around us. Lives living; struggles, battles, failures, winnings, success, change, freedom. The list goes on. They say looks can be deceiving – While that might be true, in this case it wasn’t. I saw this lady walking out of a vintage shop with a table and other bits she had bought. Immediately I thought she looked interesting and I wanted to take her photograph. What I didn’t know is that she had an even more interesting story to tell. We spoke about the social cleansing and what I did not know was that Tens of thousands of poor families have left inner #London in the past five years as a result of welfare cuts and soaring rents. We discussed how the city is changing and a lot of the natural things that people enjoy, is slowly getting diminished by the big contractors coming in and making way for the people that have money. Pickles had been affected by this change several times when she’d even become homeless and had to sleep under a bridge.
Pickles – I own a vintage shop call Skewiff and Scatty, a clothes and bric-a-brac shop in the railway arches just off Brick Lane, literally up the road there. I have been homeless several times because I’ve had to close my shop as I was affected by the change that’s happening. A lot of the shops in the area are also closing down because they can’t afford the rent anymore and people are just not interested in the stuff; you know, the normal people



Once again, I had a great time on the streets of #shoreditch. I had walked out the public toilets when I saw this guy sitting and having a smoke by himself. To be honest, there was something about him…actually, there’s something about everyone that I’ve photographed. Something that draws me to them. In all honesty, I was not thinking of taking his photograph but I just walked and said hey, how’s it going. Then immediately we got into conversation and I thoroughly enjoyed our chat. It’s only after, I thought I must make a photograph of him. He is a homeless guy, living on the streets of East London. The best thing of it all, it was not about a beggar asking for money, or me giving. As a matter of fact, he asked for nothing. We just enjoyed each other’s company and said at the end “goodbye, take care”
Julien – I am Writer, transcendental entity, and nuisance as opposed to criminal. I’m originally from the North of England. I travelled to and lived a bit in Amsterdam, India and Mexico



I met with my really good friend @ bellenie01 one day for lunch. It was a catch up really as I hadn’t seen her for some time. We spoke about business mostly, as well as general things that friends catch up on. I also shared my personal project(this one) with her and she thought it was amazing and liked the concept. Because I’d been covering specific areas around London and the UK, she suggested I do #Shoreditch. She loved the idea so much that she asked if she can come along. So it is really because of her, I visited this area and met those amazing people that I captured and shared recently. Because I had my camera with me, I thought why not make a photograph of her. It got me thinking though – why not share this experience, of walking up to random people on the street and engaging with them. I had asked previously on Facebook, for suggestions for the next place to visit and had gotten Feedback too. A few people has also asked if they can come along sometime. I still haven’t done it as yet but I am excited about the idea and will put it into play. Do leave a comment if you are interested in joining me for a day



The #CommercialTavern in #shoreditch is a quirky little place. It’s like stepping into a different dimension; when I walked up to the bar to order, I was served by this vibrant person with a vibrant personality. I had arrived to Shoreditch in the late afternoon and the light was slowly fading so I had given up on any chance of making a great photograph. But when I saw this bar lady I thought, I need to get a picture and have a quick chat, so I asked her. She said sure no problem, I’d see you outside in a few minutes. It was funny, because my mind was on the light diminishing, I fumbled quite clumsily with my camera and adjusting the setting(while she patiently waited)…then I heard “SMASH”. It was my camera bag, which was still on my back, smashed a mug of beer on the ground. She then ran inside, grabbed a broom and dust pan and cleaned up. We then thought it was a better idea to cross the road where it was less busy. I guess the moral of this story is to be patient with life. And even when time seem to be rushing by, the results in the end may prove to be more rewarding. Like this image, because of this setting that was created by a series of events, is now one of my favs.
Maria – I really love this area, I love the buzz. And I love working here and running around, it gives me a good thrill
p.s. In the end, when I asked Maria if she lived in the area, she said “this is my pub”. So the apologies started, firstly for breaking one of her glasses as well as taking up much of her time. She was polite enough and pecked me on the cheek saying, “it’s my pleasure love”.



I walked up to this guy in #shoreditch and blatantly asked “so are you a photographer?”, for the obvious reason. We did get into talking, mostly about politics really and some of the issues the Caribbean islands still face, up to today. Namely a divide(some call it racism) between the blacks and the indians(Asians, to be politically correct). It isn’t very prominent, we both agreed but when it comes to election and other national issues, it becomes obvious. Now at some point in the conversation, I remembered saying but you aren’t that older than me. He said really, so you’re almost 72 then? To be honest, I still can’t believe it, 72!. His voice is as young as mine(eh hem) and his skin does not have any wrinkles.
Spencer – I am from Guyana originally, and you’re Trini right(I replied yes)? Well I don’t live around here, it’s just a really interesting place and I love the art. I live in New York and manage an art gallery there but come to London as often as I can, and just get myself lost on the back streets with my camera



I remember that my eye was drawn directly to the dog because his face looked so vicious! On the contrary, he was such a placid fella. And his owner Steve was a very cool guy – we had a nice chat and he told me about the history behind his dog.
Steve – These dogs, the Victorian Bulldog was an experiment. It started when a guy, Mollett, wanted to recreate a breed of bulldog that he saw in Victorian paintings. Then other breeders started breeding these dogs to fight. In the early days, people would even use them to carry load. A bit like a dog and carriage really



I saw this guys standing and looking at the #caligraffiti on the wall. The first thing that crossed my mind was, “he’s looking to take it down”. It’s only when I saw the dried red, black and white paint on his hands, I realised, it was he that put it up. I guess he reminded me of @banksy. But of course he wasn’t, he was brilliant in his own art. I love the freedom of expression really – let art be!
@andreariotI’m just covering up another piece of work that was there. It’s not someone else’s, it’s my own. I have been doing this for years, I live for it – it’s called calligraffiti actually



After chatting to Will, I took a bit of a wonder around #Shoreditch and I
took a back road which Google maps led me on, I ran into Graham! He was
super cool and we had an interesting chat about music, where it came from, where it's going.
Graham - I'm from #Hackney. I own a music studio call MusicLand. I rent the studio to all sorts but me, myself, I'm really in to Electronic music



Shoreditch: I came out of Shoreditch high street and did not know which way to go. Where can I find interesting encounters? So I walked past this bar and asked one of the guys working there – where do I find interesting people to photograph, he said everywhere. Then I said ok thanks.. he then came outside for a break and I thought, why not photograph him; to be honest, the light where he sat looked interesting. Then I asked him to tell me a bit about him. You will read Will’s story below but I’ve got a point here! Sometimes we really get caught up in our own little bubble. For me, I may look for someone I can approach and most “importantly” someone that would make an interesting photograph, forgetting that the main point of my project was to engage with people. Yes I admit that it was the lighting that attracted me to photograph Will but he actually had the most interesting story of all and he was the nicest guy too!
Will Lecerf – I’m half French, Half Moldavian. I’ve moved and lived quite a bit because of my dad’s job – 7 years in Russia, 3 years in Brazil, 7 years in Turkey, 6 months in Germany, 2 years in India and a year in France. I could not really get along with the overall way of life in France so moved to London for University. It was through poker tournaments I first discovered London, when I came here to play. London to me, was like every piece of the world gathered in one place and mixed together, so I just fell in love with the place. I have also been to Vegas to take part in the World Series of Poker tournament – I really love poker and have been playing it for years. I speak 6 languages fluently and a bit of Hindi too…




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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 yourself



OK, so just a couple more to post from Nottinghill before I move on to Shoreditch. This was coming towards the end of the day at #nottinghillcarnival and no one could have stopped these two having a good time, to engage in conversation. I still managed to get the shot though, of the vibrant @misslayercakes and friend.



And then there were more cops at the #nottinghillcarnival... Strolling along, I came across this other #cop #policewoman and she had more character than some of the revellers. She even came on the job with her own face paint. Oh and she had proper groove


And then the cops came on the scene at #Nottinghillcarnival but of course they couldn't give any comments, or their name, or contact info. As a matter of fact the other photos to follow will have to tell their own stories(mostly because the subjects spoke a bit blurred by that point) 😀



I think this was the last image where I really got any caption from the partakers of #nottinghillcarnival . Again as I walked past I could not miss this group of friends having a good time – you can tell they were bff’s. I only managed to speak to one and she was literally a “cool chick”.

Lisa​(@lthree88) - Used to dance as a laugh but then people thought it looked cool so it's become a regular occurrence now.



On the streets of #nottinghillcarnival I saw this guy in the corner of my eye and I just had to stop. Yesterday I posted a cool grandad and today I'm posting a cool young man. He was such a good sport and just said "yea sure" when I asked to make a photograph.
Atreyu - I was born in London by Spanish mother and Nigerian dad. Moved to Spain when I was 2 and lived there till the age of 16. Now about to embark on studying fashion at LCF(London College of Fasion). I also love styling and currently I'm an assistant to a stylist. Other than that I enjoy skating, reading Japanese manga comics, discovering new music and collecting rare vintage streetwear



I went on the road again, this time at the #nottinghillcarnival. Only made it to day one but got a couple shots of interesting people that I met. This guy, took the phrase cool grandad to another level
Moyo - I am from Belgium but came over to enjoy the carnival. I came here on my own, I don't let anything stop me. Nice camera you have there


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Taken Word - Camden https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog/2015/7/taken-word---camden 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, I have worked on collaborations with various designers and institutions including, Lyle and Scott, WGSN and Nicomeade Talavera. I am currently working in Camden and aiming to work within design to further my practice with the intention of starting my own knitwear based fashion label. I am inspired by the character of people and objects. I am interested in concepts of the alter-ego; creating items which allow the wearer to take on a new character and push the individuals alter-ego to the surface through the performativity of the item



Talk about cool and interesting - had a great chat with this adorable pair. Full of life and free spirited! It was while talking to them and explaining the idea behind this project, they agreed with my logic; that with all the people that we walk past, we don't interact with unless we have to.
Yello and Yoshi - We love spending time in #Camden. Love watching people go by. It would be great to just spark a conversation with a random stranger, like we're doing right now, talking to you. This is how it should be.

Yoshi - My name is really Chrissy but on my 30th birthday, I was playing a game with some friends and one of the characters was called Yoshi...then for some reason, they all started calling me Yoshi



This is the coolest mother and daughter ever. We were both stood watching a busker do his thing on a homemade drum set. I couldn't help but notice the great chemistry between them. I actually had to ask because they could have well been sisters.

Jackie and @shelbyspeed - Visiting my daughter for the day and doing a bit of shopping; we love shopping. We are originally from Essex. @shelbyspeed study performing arts at Laine Theatre Arts



I stopped at Sabnum's stall in #Camden and she had these lovely shawls and scarfs. I believe they were made from cashmere. Sabnum did not speak much - it was the end of the day and I could tell she just wanted to pack up and go.

Sabnum - I am from Nepal originally. I've been working at this stall for two years. Its busy everyday for for me



In the heart of Camden Market, reside this Rasta shop. Yup, I always seem to run into the roots. These guys were really high spirited though. Although they're running a shop, they had reggae playing in the background and were singing and playing the drums which just brought a nice vibes to the surroundings. Irie :-)

Doo Gee - We have been here for over 20 years now. Not me personally but the shop has. I design all the t-shirts myself, it's a real passion. I consider myself an artist in my own right. I'm originally from Senegal but now live in



It was awesome heading back to the streets, meeting people and exchanging contact. Why did it seem so hard before? Quite simple, look for someone you want to engage with, and engage. People are more than willing to have a conversation. After spending a few hours in Camden, I stopped several people, all of which said "yes, you can take my photo"

Oscar - I am a traveler and love the planet. I make jewellery with my hands. Large companies have actually copied some of my work and mass produced it. It is not fair but I just keep creating. I love #Camden because there is loads of happy people



This guy Rob, is a cool dude. Initially I hadn't planned to photograph him. He was actually serving me at a pub he works at in Camden. But we chatted for a bit and after discovering he's so full of character and a really genuine guy, I just had to! Once again, another creative. So far, everyone I've came in contact with in Camden, is creative in one form or another.

Rob - I am a barman here at #elephantshead pub part time and originally from Budapest, Hungary. I also have a tattoo shop with my brother, and a clothing brand. One other thing about me, I have the best mates on the planet



This was the first person I stopped in Camden. I'm not sure if it was the red lipstick, the cool sun glasses, or the stunning lady which blended in to the background(It's really a contrast). Only later to discover she was a like minded creative!

Olivia@olivialaughton - I am 23; an architectural model maker and I've worked on a marvel film where I made prop weapons. I sometimes do a bit of modelling on the side and enjoy yoga, art, dancing, singing.. And roaming the streets of #Camden in the sun!




[email protected] (JSyder Photography - Jerry Syder) Editorial Engage Event Human Jerry Syder Love People Personal Project Photographer Photography Portrait Portrait Photography Street Photography Taken Word https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog/2015/7/taken-word---camden Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:36:00 GMT
Taken Word - Brighton https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog/2015/6/taken-word---brighton ​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 RickwoodI like walking the streets of Brighton and hanging out by my favorite pub #brightontavern. Wait, is your camera insured? I might crack the glass of your lens



This pair reminded me how kind people can be! They were on the pier in #Brighton, just got married and in the middle of their own photoshoot. I politely asked the photographer, and the couple if I can jump in and take a few quick shots..they said of course. Their smiles says it all!
Eva & GroomWe just got married today. Our English isn’t good but you can take my photo :-)


I met this young lady and her flatmate on the seafront with their skateboards. They were just so chilled and I can tell they absorb alot of the energy that Brighton oozes!
Amelia I enjoy coming down to the beach with my board. “Love the Haters!”


These guys were really good sport! They were running to catch their train but still paused for a few moments. To be fair, they did give me the look like "not another charity organisation/ someone trying to sell us something(not that anything is wrong with either hehe)". Either way, I really love this shot!
Andrzej & Martin Andrzej: I DJ in London and go by the name Polanski. I also study music and sonic media. Martin: I’m 54, London born and bred. I used to work in finance and did 3 years in the civil service. Now I do voluntary work like fundraising for Fringe



4th Shot of the day.. I could not, not ask this guy @beelzebab666 to take his photo. I actually got excited when I saw him because he completely defined #interestingpeople, which is what I seeked out that day! Alot of contrast in this image and it speaks for itself.
LukeI have come to deliver flowers to my girlfriend, Tash. I have to run back quickly to my food stall Beelzebab, which I’m currently running at Street Dinner; a food market in Brighthelm Garden



3rd Shot.. As I was walking down the streets of Brighton, I bumped into @megsy_stimpson. Initially I saw the the green jumper and mysterious eyes under her sunglasses. Then asked her if she can take them off to get the shot, which revealed even more mystery in the

MeganI am originally from Australia. I now work as a Barista in Brighton and I make the best swans on top of cappuccinos and lattes



This is the second person I stopped, minutes after taking a photo of the first person. I must say, people are more willing to engage than I thought. There is a world full of people - lets all engage!
Pixie and Miss Tilly —We have 60 years and 4 months between us



KimI work at Grand Central Pub. I have over 100 tattoos. Some say I have more tattoos than skin. I want more!




[email protected] (JSyder Photography - Jerry Syder) Editorial Engage Event Human Jerry Syder Love People Personal Project Photographer Photography Portrait Portrait Photography Street Photography Taken Word https://www.jsyder.co.uk/blog/2015/6/taken-word---brighton Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:36:00 GMT