Hundreds of portraits of north-east residents have formed part of a year-long photography project.
Chris Henderson, a wedding and portrait photographer, has been photographing a person a day for the past year as part of a fun Instagram project.
The rules were simple – to shoot, edit and upload a portrait photo every day, to find a new subject every day with no repeats and no self-portraits being allowed.
Uploaded on his Instagram account chrshndrsn, portraits involve a range of male and female subjects, and include a caption with information about how he met the person and some details about them or the conversation they had at the time.
He began the project on September 13 2017, posting an image of fellow wedding photographer Calum Riddell.
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It's almost 5 years since my last attempt at a photo-a-day project & I'm starting a new portrait-a-day project, with a few simple rules to get me shooting & sharing more. 1. Shoot, edit & upload a portrait every day. 2. No repeats: find a new subject every day. 3. No self portraits. First up is Calum, fellow wedding photographer and podcast buddy. You can find him at @calumriddellphotography You can find my wedding photography at @chrishenderson.co
Chris, 33, of the city centre, who will finish the project this week, said: “Part of it was because of the nature of my work, it’s quite easy for me to spend an entire day without leaving the building.
“It was partly because I wanted an excuse to leave the house and speak to another human being every day.
“Beyond that, I didn’t really have any objectives.”
Most of the people he met were in Aberdeen, and two thirds of the people who were photographed had volunteered to take part.
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Well, once again the universe is keeping this thing going even if I'm being really bad about staying on top of it! Molly got in touch a while back, I messaged her today and she was free and even able to meet to meet on my usual dog walking route. It was her idea to use the crazy colourful flowers as a backdrop, which was a great shout. She's a member of the @killerquines a cappella group (apparently it is just like 'Pitch Perfect') and is due to get her degree results tomorrow (good luck!). I still need another 113 people between now and mid-September to make it to 1 year, so if you're interested in getting involved in the project please let me know!
He said: “There were a couple of times I had to chase people down the street saying ‘excuse me’.
“I started off with friends and family and former colleagues, but people started coming to me.
“The vast majority have been people who have approached me.
“There’s no way I would have been able to do it myself just having to approach people in the street.
“It ended up being a snowball effect.
“The idea of doing a picture a day is not something I dreamed up, it’s something a lot of photographers do.”
Working as a wedding photographer, Chris often has to work with a backdrop that is outwith his control, so the project allowed him to look at different technical aspects while fuelling his love for portrait photography.
He said: “It ties in with my interests. I like taking pictures of people.
“Taking a picture of a different person every day meant I couldn’t fall back on the same people every day. I’ve allowed myself a bit of flexibility as well.”
Although two thirds of his portraits ended up being volunteers, it wasn’t always easy to get people to take part.
Chris likened the process to the famine and the feast, and said there were times he struggled to get back to people in time and others when he had only six hours left to find someone.
With the end of the project nearing, he will be relaxing for a bit, but hopes to continue on the project in the future.
He added: “I definitely want to keep doing something. Who knows, maybe in three months’ time.”
There will be an exhibition held at Foodstory, which will begin in early October, upstairs in the cafe.
To view the project, visit www.instagram.com/chrshndrsn.