Jack Daly, a photographer at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, is working on a portrait project titled People with Passions. Each photograph in the series features a person posing with the objects of their passion (e.g. things associated with their interests, pursuits, and pastimes).
The portrait above is of Portsmouth resident Matt Sills, who’s passionate about photography.
Daly tells us that it started out as a small and simple idea at first:
It started small and snowballed quite quickly into a large project, where some unique and impressive people started contacting me to be involved. People seem to love the idea and the simplicity, as well as learning about the person in each shots life in one image.
Here is a selection of photos (and the captions that go with them) from the project:
Rob Daly: My brother and complete opposite. Rob is an academic that loves literature and can speak languages like no tomorrow. He could live anywhere and get away as being a local.
Thomas Kelly: Thomas has a great collection of WW2 memorabilia, and is always on the hunt for something new for his collection. What I love about his stuff is that most of it links to his family in some way, and if not he does his best to return items he buys to their rightful family.
Anna Quinton: Anna has an incredible skill for making and decorating cakes. She makes them professionally, and is even making her own wedding cake.
Richard: A real life emporium of Willy Wonka style memorabilia is the best way to describe Richard’s incredible collection. After entering his “museum” I was flooded with childhood memories of all your favourite delights.
Andrew Gadsden: Creator of All About Tea this man is truly passionate about tea. Anything he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. He blends the teas himself to produce the best quality he can, and trust me, it’s the best quality you’l get.
Charlie Thompson: Food glorious food, is the best way to describe Charlie. Running a popular food blog with his own recipes he definitely has a knack for creating outstanding dishes, as i’ve learnt first hand.
Harry Cloudfoot: A truly passionate man, Harry works, lives and plays in a climbing centre. I first met him filming a short film about his other passion of slack lining and quickly understood his immense feelings towards what he does.
Nicola Bates: Southsea’s newest and most colourful shop in the wonderful Albert Road is run by this talented lady. Nicola does workshops and sessions to get people of all ages into crafts.
Tim Stephens: A session guitarist thats always on the move, Tim has worked with some of the best and has a love for music in general.
My Dog Sighs: One of Portsmouth most unique artists, MyDog works long and hard hunched over to paint his incredible recycled cans.
You can find the entire series of photos so far on the project’s website.
Image credits: Photographs by Jack Daly and used with permission