Seen

 
  "While I felt like I was part of their transformation and their fantasy, they were also giving me the same back - they were seeing me and helping me figure out what was important"   A man who decided to advertise himself as a naked cleaner on Craigslist talks about his motivations, the strangers who hired him and the unexpected moments of vulnerability, understanding and compassion they shared  Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"While I felt like I was part of their transformation and their fantasy, they were also giving me the same back - they were seeing me and helping me figure out what was important"

A man who decided to advertise himself as a naked cleaner on Craigslist talks about his motivations, the strangers who hired him and the unexpected moments of vulnerability, understanding and compassion they shared

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Pandora

 
  "I will be glad to see you if you come to Rochester, let me know in detail...You are sane aren't you? Regards, Louise Brooks"   A man recalls the summer of 1965 when he decided to track down and write to an iconic flapper and actress of the 1920s, after reading her article in a magazine  Photo by  Gray Brame

"I will be glad to see you if you come to Rochester, let me know in detail...You are sane aren't you? Regards, Louise Brooks"

A man recalls the summer of 1965 when he decided to track down and write to an iconic flapper and actress of the 1920s, after reading her article in a magazine

Photo by Gray Brame

 

Herself

 
  "I remember the exam invigilator saying, 'It's 9 o clock and you have 1hr 30mins, start your paper'. I thought to myself, 'My Dad tried to kill himself last night"   A young woman relives the realities and repercussions of her mum abandoning her family many years ago and how, despite the odds, positives have been drawn from what happened  Photo by  Gray Brame

"I remember the exam invigilator saying, 'It's 9 o clock and you have 1hr 30mins, start your paper'. I thought to myself, 'My Dad tried to kill himself last night"

A young woman relives the realities and repercussions of her mum abandoning her family many years ago and how, despite the odds, positives have been drawn from what happened

Photo by Gray Brame

 

A Free Man

 
  "There was an unwritten rule that as a newcomer you had to perform - à la Fight Club - you didn't have a choice. The ones that didn't had to impersonate animals of the room's choosing"   Things don't go to plan for a man who decides to embark on trip from London to Cape Town by motorbike, when he finds himself first in prison and then on the run in Ethiopia  Photo by  Matt Coats

"There was an unwritten rule that as a newcomer you had to perform - à la Fight Club - you didn't have a choice. The ones that didn't had to impersonate animals of the room's choosing"

Things don't go to plan for a man who decides to embark on trip from London to Cape Town by motorbike, when he finds himself first in prison and then on the run in Ethiopia

Photo by Matt Coats

 

Night Fever

 
  "I won the spot dance, I won everything there. Then I had to take my shoes off because my heels were too high - I had to do it in bare feet"   A woman shares her story of finding a husband whilst dancing disco in 1970s Zimbabwe, a love of all things glamorous and forging new friendships in later life   Photo by   Tori Ferenc

"I won the spot dance, I won everything there. Then I had to take my shoes off because my heels were too high - I had to do it in bare feet"

A woman shares her story of finding a husband whilst dancing disco in 1970s Zimbabwe, a love of all things glamorous and forging new friendships in later life

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Brixton Boy

 
  "I was a bit like a boy that was going through the orchard looking for the best apple and I got to the end with nothing - I ended up losing both of them. What a fool was I"   A man relays how his life has been utterly shaped by his love of David Bowie and his music, influencing his personal relationships, his family and his lot in later life  Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"I was a bit like a boy that was going through the orchard looking for the best apple and I got to the end with nothing - I ended up losing both of them. What a fool was I"

A man relays how his life has been utterly shaped by his love of David Bowie and his music, influencing his personal relationships, his family and his lot in later life

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Affect/Effect

 
  "I don't think people think enough what it is like for children and teenagers. Adults always think about what it was like for them and they think that it was the same, but we have very different experiences"   A teenager reflects on the world that she knows, the life that she sees before her and the extent to which she feels she feels she has influence over either  Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"I don't think people think enough what it is like for children and teenagers. Adults always think about what it was like for them and they think that it was the same, but we have very different experiences"

A teenager reflects on the world that she knows, the life that she sees before her and the extent to which she feels she feels she has influence over either

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Future Dead

 
  "We didn't know what to call ourselves and we thought, 'Well, we could be dead in the future', so Future Dead became the club's name"   Having set up a bike club with his friends before serving in the Falklands War together, a man talks about the sense of solace and brotherhood it has served him in good times and bad  Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"We didn't know what to call ourselves and we thought, 'Well, we could be dead in the future', so Future Dead became the club's name"

Having set up a bike club with his friends before serving in the Falklands War together, a man talks about the sense of solace and brotherhood it has served him in good times and bad

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Distance

 
  "At the moment I'm reflecting a lot on what I haven't done ... change the world, be an activist, make money, organise a techno party"   A woman talks about coming to terms with a challenging time in her life and considers what she wants and needs to do next  Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"At the moment I'm reflecting a lot on what I haven't done ... change the world, be an activist, make money, organise a techno party"

A woman talks about coming to terms with a challenging time in her life and considers what she wants and needs to do next

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Nobody

 
  "As I was running, I felt something go "Bam!" on my shoulder. It felt like a bat had hit me - it was actually a small pick-axe"   A 25 year old man recounts his story of becoming embroiled in gang culture, the difficult circumstances that lead him there and turning his back on his former life   Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"As I was running, I felt something go "Bam!" on my shoulder. It felt like a bat had hit me - it was actually a small pick-axe"

A 25 year old man recounts his story of becoming embroiled in gang culture, the difficult circumstances that lead him there and turning his back on his former life

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Gingzilla

 
  "I went to clown school in Paris, I found it so hard because I wasn't funny. Now, doing drag I feel like I've found my clown"   Having recently started performing on the drag scene, Gingzilla talks about having child bearing hips, fighting preconceptions and blowing glitter at the British stiff upper lip   Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"I went to clown school in Paris, I found it so hard because I wasn't funny. Now, doing drag I feel like I've found my clown"

Having recently started performing on the drag scene, Gingzilla talks about having child bearing hips, fighting preconceptions and blowing glitter at the British stiff upper lip

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 

Vegas

 
  "I was standing there for a couple of minutes and everybody was shagging. Then my Dad turned around and he said, 'You'd better go upstairs'"   Having been brought up by what he called a crooked dad, a man talks about his influence on living a life free from conventional cares   Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"I was standing there for a couple of minutes and everybody was shagging. Then my Dad turned around and he said, 'You'd better go upstairs'"

Having been brought up by what he called a crooked dad, a man talks about his influence on living a life free from conventional cares

Photo by Tori Ferenc

 
 
 

Journeywoman

 
  "It felt like I was really putting myself out there and opening myself up to mockery from people. That just wasn't true"   Ten years on from her father's death, a young woman speaks about the importance of grieving privately and openly   Photo by  Tori Ferenc

"It felt like I was really putting myself out there and opening myself up to mockery from people. That just wasn't true"

Ten years on from her father's death, a young woman speaks about the importance of grieving privately and openly

Photo by Tori Ferenc