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Sometimes when we meet a person for the 1st time, their aura and extravagance imprints in one’s mind. You want to tell them that you love them and want to be friends with them, taking walks and holding hands:) but if we did share these emotions with each other so openly then the world would be a much better place or the thought of you being extremely mad would be closer to reality.

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I have been talking about this gorgeous lady, I’m sure you have guessed by now. I’m glad that the time was once right and I could share my feelings with her:) and here she sits and tells me her story.

Sophia spent her childhood in the woods outside Cambridge, running bare foot and enjoying freedom. No, she wasn’t some sort of a Mowgli adopted by a wolf family, her parents built a house in the forest, allowing their kids run free and wild. She rode horses and breathed fresh air from night till day (I straight away imagine Jane Era times upon hearing that:).

Whilst studying in Sixth Form, she couldn’t wait to go out there and live the real life, and so she does, by leaving education by paper behind her. Visiting hair dressers salon for a haircut, she enjoyed the atmosphere so much that next day she came to Toni & Guy enquiring how to become a hairdresser. They take her right in for two years of training where she works hard, 6 days a week, gets the job and becomes the apprentice of the year. Next stop was London.

The capital didn’t keep her for long, it was not the right time just yet. After one year working, Sophia got bored, she had no desire in opening her own hair salon and moving into fashion wasn’t also her thing, although I’d say fashion would be good with her as she has a very good sense of it. Instead she breaks up with her boyfriend and goes off travelling taking her scissors with her and cutting hair along the way. In California, U.S.A. she buys herself a photo camera, since she was now fully embarked on her solitary travelling and walked alone, taking pictures was her own way of connecting with the environment.

While in Sydney, Australia she wonders into Wim Wenders exhibition and is so deeply moved by the photo of Twin Towers after the disaster that upon her arrival back to the capital, she enrols at LCC (London College of Communication) to study photography. After a few years of assisting and doing event photography, music and live portraits, Sophia ventures out of her comfort zone and jumps in the back of the van with a hardcore music band going off to their concert in Belgium. As an outsider she takes pictures reflecting her experience and the feeling of it, in the crowd, out of it, by the stage and on it. Upon arriving back she shows her work to the drummer. He loves the diversity of her pictures and their uniqueness. She then decides to work on the hardcore book. She takes off with the band and travels with them to concerts to shoot material in France, Germany, Poland and the UK and gets noticed by publishers who commission the book. She travels around with shows but unfortunately the publishing company collapses and the book is printed as a limited edition but there are some second hand copies available on Amazon you can get your hands on (for the lovers of hardcore and the vision of it, here is the name of the book ‘Balance: European Hardcore’). Three years she worked on the book that has her unique creative expression of human emotions captured through the lens.

After the Rolling Stone kinda life, Sophia finds herself shooting other forms of human emotions, she captures love in a commercial way. Weddings. Sophia feels that it is a real honour to be part of magic moment between two people who share strong feelings of love in forever union.

So this is the story up until now of this ever changing adventurous soul and one day I would do a Coffee_Me revisits section to catch up with what the free children of the universe are up to.

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