I have two passions; teaching and photography.
Everyone has something they are passionate about. My project tells the story of people just like me, on a mission to achieve their dreams by knowing who they are and working hard to achieve it.
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, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait; 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.
I discovered that portrait photography is more than taking pretty pictures; but using composition and framing to tell a unique story and I am determined to explore portrait photography a lot more.
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.
a1000faces represents a collection of faces gathered over time of people from different backgrounds, ages and skin colour. With the aim of capturing 1000 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 and video.
I believe that each person has a story to tell and this is a platform for people to share their goals and hopes for the future. I want to be able to capture each face that tells a unique story.
A hashtag (#) is attached to each photo which, gives each individual an opportunity to express his/herself as much as they wish to. By the end of 1000 faces and beyond, I aspire to be the best in all that I do and cannot wait to show the world my photography skills as a portrait photographer. I aim to get to that point where each photo tells a unique story. This is the first 100 photos, self taught. This project will mirror my journey from an amateur to a professional photographer. This is my story.