Digswell photographer seeks 'humans of Hertfordshire'

PUBLISHED: 12:58 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:58 02 July 2018

Father of three Simon Wells, as photographed for 'Hertfordshire Humans - Just Being' by Tom Hoey. Picture: Tom Hoey

Father of three Simon Wells, as photographed for 'Hertfordshire Humans - Just Being' by Tom Hoey. Picture: Tom Hoey

Tom Hoey

A Digswell photographer needs camera-happy people to star in his portraiture project.

Local artist Simon Chambers, as photographed for 'Hertfordshire Humans - Just Being' by Tom Hoey. Picture: Tom HoeyLocal artist Simon Chambers, as photographed for 'Hertfordshire Humans - Just Being' by Tom Hoey. Picture: Tom Hoey

But instead of looking for the next Kate Moss or Cindy Crawford as his muse, Tom Hoey wants to meet and photograph ordinary people from the area to create a portrait of Hertfordshire.

He’s inspired by the street photography project ‘Humans of New York’ which spawned a wildly popular Facebook page and book.

Naming his project ‘Hertfordshire Humans - Just Being’, in each case Tom takes a naturalistic portrait and accompanies it with quotes and a short interview, including his subject’s life motto.

The project proves that, as Tom says, “you can’t judge a book by its cover”.

In some of the sessions he’s done so far, he’s photographed the UK’s oldest and youngest pilots in flight together, an artist at work in Ayot St Lawrence’s church, a young runner with cerebral palsy, and a devoted father with amazing face tattoos.

“One, I just bumped into in the street in Stevenage, and I just asked him,” said Tom. “I just thought, ‘that guy would make a great ‘Hertfordshire Human’.”

Eventually, Tom would like to publish a book of his portraits, but needs more subjects who are willing to chat and be photographed.

Asked what sort of people he wants to photograph, he said: “I don’t think there should be any kind of limits at all. It could be anything.”

Tom, who has lived in Digswell for 24 years, took up photography three years ago, alongside his work as a health and safety consultant.

You can see his work so far at: http://stay-focused.co.uk/blog

To become one of Tom’s ‘humans of Hertfordshire’ email hoeytom777@aol.com

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