I absolutely love teaching early years. I have spent the last decade working with 3-5 year olds and helping to shape young minds in London, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE; and my experience so far have been truly astounding.
My passion for photography started while heading the Music and Media Pre-Prep department at Brighton College in Abu Dhabi. I started photographing school events and assemblies, initiated classroom media projects and very quickly realized my profound interest in taking close up profiles of smiles, laughter, and other expressions.
Combining my passion for photography with the skills I have gained from teaching (including communications and human relations), I took a bold step and initiated the 1000 faces project. Through this project – capturing close up shots of everyday people of diverse ages and walks of life and spending time to get to know them – each person has shared their unique experiences and stories with me. I love that just a twenty-minute session of photography can become an hour of sharing goals, aspirations, hopes and dreams.
Highlights the uniqueness of individual experiences, passion, aspirations and the overall essence of each person through a creative moniker #iam, which individuals use to express themselves.
As an amateur portrait photographer my goal is to show the world the potential for ordinary, everyday people to do extraordinary things. The people I meet come from different walks of life, so I strive to create an organic and fun style that helps me to showcase their inspiring stories to the world.
a1000faces represents a collection of faces gathered over time of people from different backgrounds, ages and skin colour. With the aim of capturing several faces of everyday people with fascinating lives, I want to show the uniqueness and beauty of each face through photo, but also capture interests, dreams, goals and aspirations through stories.
Some of my work include photographing and interviewing Adam Abdullah, a Young Mayor of Lewisham borough in London; London-based child actor Jonah who received an award for, ‘Best Performance in a short Film, by the Young Artist Academy, Hollywood and Councillor Sunny Lambe founder of the Black Labour Movement in London.
I aspire to be a good photographer and I am excited to share my journey with the world as I develop my portrait photography skills. I aim to get to that point where each photo tells a unique story. a1000facesProject is my journey from an amateur to a professional photographer.
This is my story.