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Tony Dias in his boxing gym

Christine Talbot in the Calendar studios

Dean Riley in the science lab
Portrait photographer Kippa Matthews spent time with each subject before deciding on the location. Following the session with the group, it had been decided to put everyone in the context of their profession, so that even if the audience didn't know who they were, they could work out what they did for a living.

He took around 200 shots of each subject, from which the final image was then selected. He kept on taking shots until he knew he had the picture he was looking for.

For example, with Tajinder, Kippa first took the time to speak to him to find out a bit more about him. Kippa knew Tajinder worked in theatre so it made sense to have him in a theatrical setting.

"Most people stiffen with self-consciousness when they pose for a photograph. Lighting and fine camera equipment are useless if the photographer cannot make them drop the mask, at least for a moment, so he can capture on his film their real, undistorted personality and character."

Phillipe Halsman (Magnum Photographer)

Kippa's approach to portrait photograph means that he tries to avoid posing his subjects, but rather lets them be themselves, However there is always a certain amount of stage managing the shot, in terms of lighting and finding the best position with regards to composition, but then letting the subjects character show through within that set up.