Photographer: John de Lima
When approached to suggest a sitter for this project, Aris, my sister's greengrocer seemed the obvious choice. My sister had spoken of Aris to me in the past, and of his desire to retire and move back to Cyprus constantly being postponed by his love of the community which he has built around himself whilst living in London.
Aris has a wonderful presence, an immediately warm and charming man; within moments of being at his shop in Camberwell, it's apparent how important he is to so much of the local community, so many passers by make a point of slowing down to catch his eye and smile or holler their regards.
by John de Lima, photographer - www.johndelima.com