The first day I wore spectacles I was 14, insecure and nervous about how people would react to my oversize NHS frames. Unsurprisingly, school bullies had a fine time mocking me – but I soon embraced the way my specs became part of my identity. Now they’re all but indispensable: as much a part of my identity as my voice. Since good portraits should portray character, it seemed natural to me that I should look at people who wear spectacles.

Spectacles is an ongoing project in which I make portraits of people whose spectacles seem to be completely bound up with their character – a way of remembering how I got through my initial anxiety and made my glasses part of me. I make the portraits on location, on Kodak Portra 400 film.

Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Consent to display content from Youtube
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google