Lucy Williams : Founder

I’m Lucy Williams I’m forty-one years old and a photographer. I’m originally from Magor in South Wales and I’ve been living in North London for the last 12 years.

For the last two years we’ve suspected my Dad might have Alzheimer’s.

I think he has been secretly worrying about having dementia all that time. My mum has been secretly worrying about him having it too. In fact, we all have.

During that time my Dad has got more and more angry and in many ways like a stranger, as he’s tried to keep everything to himself.

I had depression for most of my twenties and early thirties and my dad’s situation has reminded me of that. I remember feeling like a stranger in my own life. Even when I was surrounded by friends I felt the most lonely I had ever felt and just couldn’t see a way out.

I was always too scared to chat to strangers in the street or on buses or trains etc, unless they talked to me first. I began photographing strangers to conquer that fear.

I always let the person know why I have chosen them and almost always end up we end up chatting and sharing stories. I email them their photos later that day and more often than not the stranger emails back to say how cool it was to have chatted with a random stranger. i.e. ME!!

The inspiration and sense of connection I get after chatting with someone, even for just 5 mins is immense and if other people could get what I get I know the world would be a happier place!

You can join our community in the NOWportrait Facebook group right now, it would be great if you contributed your NOWportraits!


Stephen Fry, President of MIND, talks about feeling loneliness in this blog post

This project has grown from being part of the Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Program

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