Scroobius Pip is a patron of stamma.org and has had a stammer himself since the age of 4.
I photographed Pip and a number of other people who stammer for a national awareness campaign shown on billboards around the country .
About 8% of children will stammer at some point, but most will go on to talk fluently. For up to 3% of adults it will be a lifelong condition. Stammering affects mainly men and every ethnicity.
There is no link between stammering and intellectual capacity. Like other neurological conditions, it covers a spectrum, everyone stammers differently and to different degrees. For some there’ll be periods of their life when they stammer less and others when they will struggle to speak. Many find that as they get older the condition improves.
The physical act of stammering can be a tiny part of the experience. The bigger part is often the mental machinations that someone who stammers endures. Anticipating times when they'll need to talk, the negative responses, the ever-present expectation that they need fixing or just need to breathe properly. Feelings of shame, embarrassment, anger, anxiety and fear. Frustration that saying one’s name – the one thing that most people who stammer will find hard to say – will stymie their every encounter. The frustration of not being taken seriously.
Meeting Lady Edith, middle child and serial rebel of Downton Abbey’s aristocratic Crawley family, is a rather intimidating proposition. Laura Carmichael, the 33-year-old actress who has played Edith since 2010, has perfected both her patrician withering look and her cutting put-downs. The character has never been one to suffer fools gladly.
So it’s enormously calming when Carmichael bounds over, halfway through her intensive PHOENIX shoot, to say hello. “I love this stuff,” she says. “it’s so glam!”
Shudu has the body of a goddess, impossibly tall and lean, with glowing ebony skin. She wears her hair in a short, natural afro style and appears confident but approachable. As an influencer she has 177,000 followers on instagram and counting, recently shot a campaign with global sports brand Ellesse, has worked with high-end fashion house Balmain,and walked the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards in a partnership with EE. Shudu is also not a real person. She’s the creation of photographer and retoucher Cameron James Wilson, a long time PHOENIX collaborator, whose personal side project has now taken on a life of its own, literally.
Google believe that artificial intelligence can provide new ways of approaching problems and meaningfully improve people’s lives. In an initiative to support organizations that are using the power of AI to address social and environmental challenges Google organised the Impact challenge. I was asked to photograph Wadhwani AI who were shortlisted to receive Google support and funding.
Google believe that artificial intelligence can provide new ways of approaching problems and meaningfully improve people’s lives. In an initiative to support organizations that are using the power of AI to address social and environmental challenges Google organised the Impact challenge. I was asked to photograph scientists from Makerere University Uganda who were shortlisted to receive Google support and funding.