Photography is a Best Friend to Me, it’s Something That’s Mine

This week we release the fourth episode of Trope Stories, a video conversation with our network of photographers and an examination of their work. Filmed from her hometown of Lewisham, London,  Trope photographer Lucy Hamidzadeh and host Terry Maday discuss how Lucy found comfort as a street photographer, her keen eye for detail, a quick hand, and her masterful way with words. She told us how she became this artistic triple threat as they look back on her family history, how photography allows her to explore and make sense of the world and herself, as well as her solo book with Trope Publishing Co., Unfinished Stories. Lucy is also featured in Trope London City Edition. 
 
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Lucy's inspiration is simple; people. She walks with her finger on the shutter of her camera as she anticipates specific moments. With a quick press of a button, Lucy captures the perfect moment, often as the subject doesn't even notice. Her work is featured in her debut solo book with Trope Publishing Co., Unfinished Stories. Here are a few excerpts from her recent conversation with Terry: 

What technique did you practice most to get such candid, genuine images?

It's the observation, observing people, without even shooting. I just spend my time observing my surroundings and the people around me. Whether that's at home in London or just when we go about our daily life. Street photography is just daily life with the least amount of acting. It's amazing.

We've clearly seen a theme in your work, with a lot of reflections, utilizing windows, to create the reflection and get those layers. But there's also a consistent theme with hands. What is it about people's hands that you love to shoot?

There's just this beautiful story that can be told through somebody's hands without showing their face. I think you can imagine all kinds of stories or the life of that person through their hands. I love standing behind someone and taking pictures of their hands and just imagining, without even having seen them, what they're like and imagining what they've been through in life. They're beautiful, the texture of someone's skin, the age of someone's hands, the way we hold carrier bags. I'm just fascinated. 

In terms of photography, what does it mean to you now that you've had a chance to reflect and talk about the book again. What does photography mean to you and your life?

It's a best friend I think. It's something that's mine. I think everyone needs something that is theirs to own. Photography makes me happy. I do it for me and it's a satisfying kind of feeling to just be able to pick up my camera and to be on my own. It helps me to make sense of the world around me, the people around me and also myself. I think as my work grew, I grew as a person. Being able to take these photos and make sense of the world around me, I was making sense of myself and learning to understand who I was as a person.