'Forty' - Shychetype No 11 - Sharon Thandi

I am Sharon. I am forty. This is forty.

DOB: 15.06.78

"The most challenging thing is going through a divorce at the moment, very difficult, very emotional... but as a person i've grown, i'm more confident, I believe in myself a lot more.. it's because of all the support I've received from family and friends... them being able to put a smile on my face without them even realising that that is what they're doing."


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'Forty' exhibition on at the Holding Space, Saltaire, now!

Hi all

After a fantastic turn out to the launch of my ‘Forty’ exhibition as part of the Saltaire Festival 2018, I am hard at work at completing the project! I am shooting ‘models’ until the end of the year!

Please get in touch if you are forty years old in 2018, and are interested in taking part.

Also, please catch the exhibition whilst you can: on at the Holding Space, John Street, Saltaire, BD18 3HU (opposite the entrance of Wycliffe CoE Primary School).

See you there!


'Forty' - Shychetype No 5 - Katie Phillips

I am Katie. I am forty. This is forty.

DOB: 26.12.78


It was the mid-point of my second year at uni, that my lecturers realised I was struggling and it was at that point that they sent me for a dyslexia test. I realised it wasn't me not trying hard enough, I had severe dyslexia. I wasn't thick, I had an intelligent IQ, I just couldn't relay it in words in writing.... My happiness with achieving my degree and then my MA was more of a 'I'll show you all, I can do it.' People would go 'oh you're a bit special' in that derogatory term, well actually I want to be 'special', I want to be unique, I'm authentically me.... I see things in patterns, sometimes coloured patterns.

I have a great fascination with Japan...


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'Forty' - Shychetype No 3 - Emma Bonfield

I am Emma. I am forty. This is forty.

DOB: 30 March 1978

"Giving birth... I was elated because we had waited so long for him. He's an IVF baby so we waited a long time, that's a very nice memory. 

Jesus is my super hero...
Spring is my favourite season of the year...
Taste is my favourite sense because chocolate exists...
My favourite texture is anything furry..." 

"There's a particular visual I've got in my head... Khaleesi from Games of Thrones is the 'Mother of Dragons...' In one episode she's given dragon eggs as a wedding gift... they hatch... 

With yourself, I was thinking about IVF and how eggs are fertilised to make a baby. Also you mentioned Spring and Easter happens around then and we are given chocolate eggs as a gift... Also because Easter is a Christian holiday and that is part of your faith, I feel this would really work well."




Emma Bonfield

'Forty' - Shychetype No 2 - Amina Ahmed

I am Amina. I am forty. This is forty.

DOB: 05 May 1978


"I'm a cancer survivor... My mum's words were... "You can't control that, it's a label - you have cancer. The only thing you have control of is how you spend the time you have... If you spend it crying and upset and asking 'why me', when you're time comes... and you're looking back on your time... you're going to regret crying your time away..." I cried then and that was it, I moved on. That pearl of wisdom... I've passed onto my patients."




Amina Ahmed

'Forty' - Shychetype No 1 - Chris and Lucy Hall

 We are Chris and Lucy. We are forty. This is forty.

Chris D.O.B = 12.06.78 Lucy D.O.B = 02.06.78

With the upcoming launch of the first twenty images from my 'Forty' project at the Saltaire Festival this year, I wanted to officially release the first image from my collection.

Drawing upon several influences, including Carl Jung's 'The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious'; he believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. These universal primordial images and ideas, or archetypes, manifest into a set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society. 

I too likewise believe that I have been influenced by multiple streams of iconography, imagery, historical stories and fables, characters and ideas, and have formed my own style of conceptual portraiture - namely, Shychetypes. Each individual portrait is conceived from the answers each 'model' relays to the forty questions I ask them in an interview. I draw upon my own imagination, their experiences, my fantasies, and notions of archetypes to create their own unique Shychetype.

This first Shychetype portrays Chris and Lucy Hall as they are now, at the age of forty in 2018. I hope the potency speaks for itself. 

In their own words:

"About two and a half years ago, I started suffering mental health problems completely out of the blue, which I never had anything close to suffering anything before, and that was very difficult to deal with. Partly because up until then that just wasn't me. Having to admit that I couldn't cope and having to ask for help from friends, families, work... was definitely hard. And it has completely changed mine and our lives."

"For better for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer,' that means something, you have to keep communicating, and you have to keep supporting each other even when everything changes around you. Love is sticking together, no matter what life throws at you... and focus and work on what you have in common... to support your loved one and that's the right thing to do. I'm so glad I did because my husband feels really well supported, he knows how much I love him because i've been there for him through that and we're definitely an even stronger team now than we were before."

So proud that I am launching this on 'World Photography Day'. :-)

Please come and support the exhibition launch at the Holding Space
in Saltaire on Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm. 

See you there. :-)



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Graduation Photos!

Hi all!

Hope you're enjoying the great weather we're having! I do love this time of year, when the days are longer, the temperatures are warmer, and schools/universities are out for summer!

Speaking of which, I just wanted to share this image from a graduation shoot this week! Shot in the comfort of my home studio, I was delighted to capture this auspicious occasion!





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