In Citizen you will meet a former prime minister, a prostitute, my wife, a nun, tribal dancers, famous actors, a now-dead friend, child sex offenders and more. Their titles are given as a way to catalogue and label. It certainly doesn’’t sum up all that they are. From the outset, these citizens were never meant to make up a congregation. There is no greater plan, no narrative, no place, no topic that connects them. The portraits are of a broad mix of people I came across over the course of the last 15 years. Many encounters were random; others were the result of a commission. None of the people were actively sought out by me. The series Citizen is simply a collection of images. The only constant is my intent walking into a portrait session; that has always been the same no matter who the subject were, even down to the technical details.– I have used the same equipment and film for the last 20 years. The project does have a direct link to my previous book of portraits Chasing Summer – A Journal From A Global Motorcycle Journey. On that journey, I visited 35 or so countries over two and half years. You could place any of those earlier portraits in the context of Citizen and it wouldn’™t feel out of place. They are like two chapters of the same book.

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

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