Trade 34 | Declan Perring

Declan Perring - housemate of Ava, actor and ball of energy - was in need of new headshots. I had never done headshots before. That made this trade a nice example of how the project also helps me by providing the time and environment to figure things out. I couldn't normally turn up to a client I was charging and ask how headshots usually work then feng shui their dining room to create a makeshift studio. But while crashing on their sofa bed for the week I could.

Sat on one of the shelves was a plaque awarded to Declan for acting excellence at a recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his efforts in a one man show, Belfast Boiiy. So as well as the acting chops his presence was evidenced further when I joined their house party a couple of weeks later, walking in to the tail end of Declan hosting a live lounge of sorts comprised of music, poetry and live readings from a crowd of actor/musician friends. Once again the project had thrown me into another new world of people and talent.



British photographer moving between hosts and countries through a back-to-back series of creative trades. Exchanging my photography for all of my needs in a mission to reach every continent without needing money.