In dreams there is hope, and what is a life without hope, without a pursuit of passion? It’s no wonder that the etymological root of ‘dream’ in Old English is ‘joy’.
The world is a place full of people pursuing diverse interests and beliefs. People with hopes and challenges. Dreams don’t have to be big, or extravagant, but they are unique and personal, and crucially they give people a direction and a path, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a motivation to keep them going. This project is about capturing what those dreams are, the dreams that fuel people and sometimes force them to keep going when we think they’ve lost.
Since 2016 I have been taking portraits of strangers on the streets of London and asking them about their dreams. People think that Londoners are closed, but I think they would be surprised at how open people are, once given the chance to tell their story. This project is my way of making the space to do that.
We’re all on the road to somewhere, and it’s so important to have an idea of where you want to end up, whether we get there or not. This project serves as a testament and a record of that. I hope to one day reconnect with those who feature in it to see how their stories unfold.