Spectacles

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.