Great Exposure for Portrait Photography

What does it mean to live in Britain today?

Portrait of Britain is an annual photography exhibition showcasing the best images of ordinary (and extraordinary) people across the British Isles. Photographers are invited to submit one picture which, if accepted, is published in the Portrait of Britain book as part of a collective view of Britain’s shared identity. 100 of the chosen images are then exhibited around the country on digital billboards.

We were delighted when we found out that two submissions from ASHA & Co colleagues Marksteen Adamson and Steven Tatlow had been selected for the shortlist of 200 and will, at the very least, be included in the sixth Portrait of Britain book to be published in the new year.

Marksteen is no stranger to success at the Portrait of Britain and has previously had his work published in the prestigious annual. It’s a first time for Steven however. Fingers crossed; the portraits will also make it into the touring exhibition.

Both photographers describe the background to their images below:

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Dallon and Fraser – by Steven Tatlow

“Dallon and Fraser, both transgender men, share an unbreakable relationship and a love of arts and crafts. Being queer has posed many challenges for them, at times including serious concerns for their safety. They told me that they often feel the need to constrict themselves to the eyes of the world, but when alone, love each other unashamedly.”

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The Epilogue – by Marksteen Adamson

“I met Michael some years ago while out walking my dogs. An accidental friendship grew, despite his angry and mostly bleak outlook on life. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I went to see him and his demeanour had transformed, expressing humour and gratitude for what he had. I asked if I could photograph him as he sat on his new NHS bed and looked out into the evening sunset. He was peaceful and resolved.”

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