Alana Richards, part of the ongoing series SHIMMER, which looks at identities, or those parts which we project outwards, which can sometimes only reveal partial truths to who we are. This series looks at the masks we can wear and that fraction of space between the projection and what can lie shimmering beneath. 




Standing before David Bowie's old Berlin doorway, on Hauptstr, filled with awe and thanks over this man's life. Smiling so sincerely over the way in which he showed us that we can be whoever we want to be. That death and rebirth can continue in each of our lives, as we can break free and be, continuously.

And the world aches and longs for these brave and fearless souls who burn and bare their beings to us. Those who dare to project outwards the essential nature of who they are, to open their hearts that will forever reside inside. This artist, a shimmering light who found his way into so many people’s existence, can teach us so much. Perhaps the greatest thing I walked away with was that he showed us, time and time again, to let go of fear and be who we dream to be.

I graciously bowed to Bowie in that moment, and slowly stepped away with a love for life within this whirling world. 




Tarlabaşı, Istanbul


We spent many hours over a good number of nights hanging out with this man, Suat, who slept on the streets and was an extraordinarily sensitive and intelligent soul. He talked of living in Germany when he was younger and then coming back to Turkey where he was conscripted into the Turkish military in the early days of the civil war in the mid-eighties, of what he saw and felt and how that affected him, still, to this day. And like so many homeless people in Britain and the United States, there are many who are ex-veterans who have served in conflicts around the world. There was a recent quote that put around 9,000 ex-army personal who are currently homeless in the UK and around 57,849 in the United States, and the statistic that in the US around 22 ex-veterans commit suicide every single day.