Leith Walk is one of the longest and vibrant streets in Edinburgh.
Being incredibly multicultural, it’s busting with energy. Indian restaurants, Scottish chip shops, Mexican takeaways, Portuguese coffee shops, Polish supermarkets, Canadian bagels, African hairdressers, tanning salons, hostels, pet shops, furniture, PC repairs, games, bikes, vintage clothing, jewellery — Leith Walk has it all.
Almost every day, I walk this street up and down: drinking coffee, doing groceries or just passing by and crowd watching; and of course making portraits. I fell in love with people, light, colours, as well as textures of the buildings in various patterns and shades.
Another source of inspiration for this series was typological photography: in particular, August Sander’s 1929 series of portraits entitled ‘Face of Our Time’, as well as Bernd and Hilla Becher’s works.
As someone who moved to Leith from another country, I’m feeling both insider (as a person who lives here) and an outsider (as a person who is not from here) at the same time which gives me the opportunity to see the street from different perspectives.
I’ve been making street portraits of Leith Walkers since May 2018, aiming to capture their beauty and diversity.