• Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits
  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits
  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Dr Pranav Singh, Lecturer in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath. Pranav had a DSLR tethered to his laptop as a webcam and was streaming using this rather than the laptop webcam, which gave me a better quality image and allowed me to see more context of his home office in the pictures. Pranav was incredibly friendly and a pleasure to shoot. We also spoke about his other passion, photography, in which he took out his medium format film camera & then talked about the contemporary world of mathematics and AI. Pranav was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.

    This is Dr Pranav Singh, Lecturer in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath. Pranav had a DSLR tethered to his laptop as a webcam and was streaming using this rather than the laptop webcam, which gave me a better quality image and allowed me to see more context of his home office in the pictures. Pranav was incredibly friendly and a pleasure to shoot. We also spoke about his other passion, photography, in which he took out his medium format film camera & then talked about the contemporary world of mathematics and AI. Pranav was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Dr Robin Mitchell, Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). I couldn’t think of a better remedy to a wet and cold winter than to be transported 5-10 minutes from a Californian beach. Robin was a ray of sunshine, and I was so happy to meet her. Robin had a lovely apartment in which it was a privilege to explore and shoot in via Robin’s laptop strategically placed both in her living room & outside on a veranda. Robin discussed her recent much-lauded publication ‘Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France’. Robin was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.  
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Dr Robin Mitchell, Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). I couldn’t think of a better remedy to a wet and cold winter than to be transported 5-10 minutes from a Californian beach. Robin was a ray of sunshine, and I was so happy to meet her. Robin had a lovely apartment in which it was a privilege to explore and shoot in via Robin’s laptop strategically placed both in her living room & outside on a veranda. Robin discussed her recent much-lauded publication ‘Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France’. Robin was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. 
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Tsitsi Jaji, associate professor of English and African & African American Studies at Duke University. Tsitsi had the most beautiful house you could imagine. The sunlight was drifting in from the windows, and we could see the garden outside will all the stunning North Carolinian greenery. The living room was lovely and vast, with a piano in one corner and a staircase adjacent, making it a challenge to choose the best spots to have her sit for a portrait. Her cat came over several times and even decided to pose for us. Tsitsi was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.  
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Tsitsi Jaji, associate professor of English and African & African American Studies at Duke University. Tsitsi had the most beautiful house you could imagine. The sunlight was drifting in from the windows, and we could see the garden outside will all the stunning North Carolinian greenery. The living room was lovely and vast, with a piano in one corner and a staircase adjacent, making it a challenge to choose the best spots to have her sit for a portrait. Her cat came over several times and even decided to pose for us. Tsitsi was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Niranjan Thatte, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford. Niranjan was working from home in oxford when we logged on to meet him. The day before, it had snowed relatively heavily, and he had a snowman outside. Sadly the wifi wasn’t strong enough, so we kept the portraiture inside. Niranjan was such a pleasure, and we talked about his studies of Astrophysics. I loved how proud and peaceful he looked at home in his living room. One of the greatest pleasures was seeing his avatar show up before he enabled his camera on the video call, which detailed his face next to a Lego ELT (Telescope), but sadly it wasn’t with him at home to photograph. Niranjan was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. 
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Niranjan Thatte, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford. Niranjan was working from home in oxford when we logged on to meet him. The day before, it had snowed relatively heavily, and he had a snowman outside. Sadly the wifi wasn’t strong enough, so we kept the portraiture inside. Niranjan was such a pleasure, and we talked about his studies of Astrophysics. I loved how proud and peaceful he looked at home in his living room. One of the greatest pleasures was seeing his avatar show up before he enabled his camera on the video call, which detailed his face next to a Lego ELT (Telescope), but sadly it wasn’t with him at home to photograph. Niranjan was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Alexandra Wilson, aka @essexbarrister, a Barrister, Author & Founder. I photographed Alexandra remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. Out of all my sitters for this project, Alexandra was the nearest to me. I work from inside my Haggerston office/studio, and she was over at the 5 St Andrews Chambers, also here in London. She was so fantastic to work with and was very happy to be directed around searching for the most visually exciting areas to shoot in. 
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Alexandra Wilson, aka @essexbarrister, a Barrister, Author & Founder. I photographed Alexandra remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. Out of all my sitters for this project, Alexandra was the nearest to me. I work from inside my Haggerston office/studio, and she was over at the 5 St Andrews Chambers, also here in London. She was so fantastic to work with and was very happy to be directed around searching for the most visually exciting areas to shoot in.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Dapo Akande, Professor of Public & International Law. Dapo was the kindest and most charming sitter, with the most incredible smile! I photographed Dapo remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. We had two sessions together to take advantage of both his home and his office. The real challenge of these portraits is finding the right light and a sense of depth to illustrate which world they inhabit.
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Dapo Akande, Professor of Public & International Law. Dapo was the kindest and most charming sitter, with the most incredible smile! I photographed Dapo remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. We had two sessions together to take advantage of both his home and his office. The real challenge of these portraits is finding the right light and a sense of depth to illustrate which world they inhabit.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Debarati Sanyal, Professor & Head Graduate Adviser In French, Berkeley, California. It was a wonderful experience to be transported remotely to the USA to photograph this one. We can see Debarati's joyful energy in the portraits we shot while she regaled great stories. It is always quite a challenge to get the best light when not there to control it myself. We photographed Debarati in multiple areas of her fabulous home. We even went outside to get some sunshine but figured the best shots were where we saw the lovely colours & light streaming through the windows. Debarati was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. 
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Debarati Sanyal, Professor & Head Graduate Adviser In French, Berkeley, California. It was a wonderful experience to be transported remotely to the USA to photograph this one. We can see Debarati's joyful energy in the portraits we shot while she regaled great stories. It is always quite a challenge to get the best light when not there to control it myself. We photographed Debarati in multiple areas of her fabulous home. We even went outside to get some sunshine but figured the best shots were where we saw the lovely colours & light streaming through the windows. Debarati was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Katherine Harloe, Professor of Classics at the University of Reading. Katherine, like many of us, was working from home during the Pandemic. We started upstairs, and I noticed sunshine placing very delicate shadows on the landing. It was a tight space, but I found it to be a beautiful space for the portrait. Katherine's house was abuzz with activity, what with the family also moving about the home. The challenge here was to find some slightly quieter, well-lit areas, so we went to her shed. Fortunately, her shed was also her office and what a fantastic place it was too, to have it as a second option. Katherine was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. 
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Katherine Harloe, Professor of Classics at the University of Reading. Katherine, like many of us, was working from home during the Pandemic. We started upstairs, and I noticed sunshine placing very delicate shadows on the landing. It was a tight space, but I found it to be a beautiful space for the portrait. Katherine's house was abuzz with activity, what with the family also moving about the home. The challenge here was to find some slightly quieter, well-lit areas, so we went to her shed. Fortunately, her shed was also her office and what a fantastic place it was too, to have it as a second option. Katherine was photographed remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

  • Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits - This is Dr Carla Perez-Martinez, Nanotechnologist & UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. I photographed Carla remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. At the time of this portrait session, Carla lived out in Costa Rica, as she was staying with family during the Pandemic. I felt we had to have a little context, so I wanted to see what it was like outside in the sunshine. Fortunately, the wifi extended far enough, and we captured this tropical feel that felt appropriate to the project. Carla’s father was on hand to help out with positioning the laptop for me remotely, and it was such a joy to see them both. 
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📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

    This is Dr Carla Perez-Martinez, Nanotechnologist & UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. I photographed Carla remotely as part of the Trinity College Exhibition remote portrait series, which aims to draw attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. At the time of this portrait session, Carla lived out in Costa Rica, as she was staying with family during the Pandemic. I felt we had to have a little context, so I wanted to see what it was like outside in the sunshine. Fortunately, the wifi extended far enough, and we captured this tropical feel that felt appropriate to the project. Carla’s father was on hand to help out with positioning the laptop for me remotely, and it was such a joy to see them both.
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    📸 Shot Remotely via Zoom, January 2021.

Trinity College Oxford - Remote Portraits

Very excited to announce a project that has taken up the first few months of this year during Lockdown. I was recently commissioned to photograph portraits remotely for Trinity College, Oxford, currently exhibited for the students within the reading room at the college library. This project draws attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. Each sitter was nominated by the fellows of Trinity, focussing on who they particularly admire. This project was certainly different to anything I’ve done before. Firstly it was during what has been a difficult time for all of us. To photograph someone, often miles away, in various places around the world without even holding a camera, felt like such a challenge. It isn’t necessarily an original idea to take photos remotely, but I had to decide on the best methods while retaining consistency. I decided to keep the process straightforward and use video call software, like Zoom or Google Meet in which everyone could use. I wanted to approach this work in a way that felt natural, untampered and real. I would take screenshots and photograph my screen with my iPhone, giving me options on resolution and possibly incorporating any environmental imperfections. Their webcam lens would become my lens. Thus it would be the furthest away I’ve ever been from being physically present with a camera. I had to come to terms with the lack of image quality, embrace imperfections, and try to create images from what I saw in front of me. There was no way to light the rooms where they are sitting in, so I directed each person/sitter to find the best space within their habitat and position them in a way to reflect their character and their identity. It was a pleasure photographing every one of them. Shining a light on diversity within academia is very important, so I’m delighted to participate in the project.

📸 All Shot Remotely via Zoom, January-February 2021.