The Concept of Expression: Mannan Khan


To finish 2020’s photo-sets for the series, the last subject I’ve photographed for 2020 is Mannan Khan.

Before the second lockdown, we did a lot of catching up as we hadn’t seen each other in over a whole year. 

It was so refreshing to chat about work and open up about our mental health as 2020’s been an emotional rollercoaster for everyone due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s changed how we all work, including how it’s affected all of us physically and mentally.

Mannan opened up to me about how the pandemic’s helped him to self-reflect as he freely expressed his genuine emotions and how life’s changed for him since the beginning of the pandemic, which shines through in these photos.

His wellbeing and how he sees the world now as opposed to life before COVID uncover how he felt in these photos at those specific moments in time.

I was inspired by his freedom of expression in this photo-set, as he showed his genuine emotions, and Mannan showed he was on edge but wasn’t afraid to make his feelings known.

I admire Mannan’s genuine emotions in these photos because his feelings capture the vulnerabilities that are ignored by the public eye.

This year’s been a chaotic whirlwind of emotions.

As mental health becomes more widely recognised now than it’s been in the last 10-15 years, this year’s been about self-reflection.

We’ve taken care of ourselves more, making sure we can put our families and ourselves first mentally before anything else, all while working hard for ourselves to achieve and make the best of what this pandemic has given us.

It’s not the end of the road yet, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Let’s keep opening up more, contacting one another more and being there to support one another because we all matter, but most of all, our mental health matters.

If you enjoyed this final photo-set for 2020, please let me know.

I’m interested to hear how 2020 has been for you, and I hope this photo-set, including the photo-sets throughout 2020 inspired you to open up.

I’ll be aiming to photograph more subjects in 2021, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

I’m aiming to travel around other parts of London throughout 2021, and I’m praying that 2021 is a better year for all of us.

I love you all!

Stay safe, everyone!

Alex Smithson

Equipment Used:

  • Nikon D3300
  • TAMRON AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
  • App Used: Instagram (Free)
  • Filter Used: Inkwell

Location of PhotoshootCroydon, United Kingdom

Date of Photoset Produced: Saturday 10th October 2020

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