Photographer: Tom Wichelow
Tunisia struck me as a good country to work on. Its recent history was intriguing having overthrown its government in the Jasmine revolution of late 2010 and early 2011 and laying claim to beginning a series of similar political upheavals in the Arab world.
In search of a subject I began to research Tunisian culture in London and was introduced to a young woman called Selma. She was a student living in London and agreed to sit for a portrait. We met in Hampstead Heath in mid April 2011.
She said some Hampstead alleyways reminded her of places in Tunisia. She was young and beautiful and enjoying life in London. Selma talked of the multiculturalism of the city and how much more at ease she felt in London than in Paris.
She was proud of Tunisia and its recent revolution and seemed excited to be representing her country in this way. I wanted her portrait to show some of the youth and optimism that she and her country seemed to represent. With this in mind we shot in three locations and created a set I was very pleased with.
Tom Wichelow, photographer http://www.tomwichelow.com/