May I come in?

Everyone has an interior world, home to our deep thoughts, fears and longings. It is a vulnerable space, and it is difficult to allow someone else to enter it.

Although we are in contact with a considerable number of people every day – either virtually or in person – most of these interactions remain superficial. Besides, we often have to hide behind a socially acceptable facade, as showing vulnerability is considered inappropriate or foolish. Creating an authentic relationship with others can be a struggle, and many people – young people too – experience an underlying loneliness.

Staging images which do not claim to be realistic, the project attempts to visualize two contrasting feelings: the fear of letting others enter our intimacy, opposed to the longing for true contact with another human being. The subjects of the photographs end up standing by the door: wishing the other to enter, wishing to be let in, but unsure about what to do.

This series was my final diploma project at London College of Communication. It has been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 160.