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    Resting

    This weekend I'm giving the UNLIKENESS project a rest. And myself too. I'm at a Buddhist meditation retreat in Nottingham with Thich Nhat Hanh.

    A lot of time and space to think, meditate and be mindful has to be a good thing. Let's see how it goes. I should be back with project UNLIKENESS at Broadway Market on 21st August.

    Day Four

    Saturday was my fourth day in this project. As I'm working during the week, I only have the weekends to play with, hence Saturday is my favorite day for UNLIKENESS.

    For the third week running, I placed myself at the top end of Broadway Market on Westgate Street. Although it rained through the night, the morning stayed dry enough for masses of people to come out. I guess the music festival in London Fields also pulled people out of their Saturday Sofas.

    When I arrived, I was happy to find Dan & Luke set up next to me with their amazing Drums, Double-Bass & Double-Voice set-up right beside "my spot". They're  great guys and full of good spirit.

    Over the next three hours I had more wonderful people join project UNLIKENESS. Pavel kicked it off followed by Emma & Frida, Alex, Omer, Sam, Nancy, Hakima, Jane (x2), Chrystal, Larissa, Anna, Craig, Samira, Helge, Morwenna, Katharine and finally Mia. I had a bike repair specialists, a research fellow, stall owners, an engineer and most amazingly two doctors working in A&E who came separately, but once worked together. I'm quickly become a prime transmitter in the sixth degrees of separation theory!

    Obviously a massive thank you again to everyone who took part, no mater if you liked or unliked your portrait. Without your participation none of this would have happened.

    The day came to a close when the rain kicked back in and I had to hurry to rescue my printer & paper. Have a great week and leave a comment by clicking the link below :)

    Last Saturday in July

    The Sun came out eventually. And so came the curious and wonderful people I met. Artists, Craftswomen, Mathematician, employed and not.

    Many liked themselves in the image. At times it all became quite hectic trying to interleave one person's picture taking with another person's print and likeness-query. I felt stretched and looking back on it now, decided to not worry about trying to please everyone with speed and service. I think this shows in some of the images.

    By the time I packed up I made 16 portraits with eleven people liking themselves in them and five not. A big thank you to all you amazing folk and your wonderful stories: Harriet, Rishi, Ken, Chris, Rosie, Toral, Amit, Kristen, Ruth, Alice, Miles, Omer, Giannina, Dominic, Jamie and Hubert!

    I felt so full and buzzing from all the discussions we had. Hope you enjoyed it equally.

    Sunday with flowers

    Today I set-up at Columbia Road flower market. I was again not really early enough there, but enjoyed the couple of hours I spent with everyone. Here's a picture of my set.

    A big thanks again today to everyone who participated: Ben, Frances, Krunal, India-Ines, Allegra, Lucy, David, Zenobia, Donna, Doreen and li'l Taylas. You all brought so much joy and interest with you that made the time fly. I took eleven portraits today and had seven liked and four unliked.

    A couple of you suspected that I pick "the bad ones" on purpose when I briefly screen them before the print. Not so. Believe me, it makes me so very happy when you like a picture, take it home and cherrish it. It' so fascinating how we all have the same experience when looking at oursleves in a photograph. "That's not me!"

    A massive Cheers also to Allegra's sister for the free designer cupcake. Yummy!

    Finally a special shout to Shiu Kay Kan and his Soho lighting shop. Shiu Kan loved the project concept and took particular interest in my bike trailer :)

     

    First day at school

    The day came. Eight months in preparation, dreaming and worrying came to an end today, the Unlikeness project has kicked off.

    Everything took ages to get ready. Getting the trailer box sorted together with the heavy car battery, the printer with it's own power converter, laptop sound gear, paper leavelets, poster and then pulling it all on the back of my bike took some co-ordination. I'm constantly paranoid about someone nicking my gear, so everything is done in baby steps.

    I just about made it to Broadway market by 3pm taking my first image at four. I've met some amazing people in the following two hours. Fello and Raquel, Arlette, Vanessa and Chris as well as the dream team from Broadway Market: John, Adrian, Hassan and his wife Elaine and finally Allan. Everyone brought enough time  and curiosity with them to make my first day at school (In front of London Fields Primary School) an enjoyable event and a great kick-off for more.

    I took eight portraits and had three liked and five unliked. It was a fun and intimate three hours together. I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.