I’m back at creating ‘long portraits’ and today I want to introduce you to Anil.
Anil is a very fascinating and insanely creative person. I stumbled over his photography work in a facebook group quite a while ago. He organises meet ups and photowalks in Brighton and I keep missing them which really is a shame because they always look like a lot of fun. If I remember correctly, he owns about 60 cameras, most of them film cameras and uses all them to shoot beautiful street portraits as well as other random things like mattresses.
When I approached Anil and asked if he was up for being part of my project, I received a response along the lines of “I’m in a dark mood. I won’t be smiling for the camera but sure, let’s do this.” I was a bit scared of what to expect but it turned out that Anil is a very approachable and lovely guy and I really like the outcome of his video. I’m really grateful that he agreed to stand in front of my camera – despite hating being on that side of the lens.
And as usual, I took a handful of portraits to go along with the video. I think the portraits look a lot more like how he comes across in real life than the dark, stern gaze of his ‘long portrait’ suggests.