Photographer: Julian Germain
I was interested in photographing someone from Yemen because I travelled there in 2007 and loved the place and the people. There are notable Yemeni communities in several UK cities, mainly established pre and post WWII, including Birmingham, Sheffield, South Shields, Swansea and Liverpool. Most were attracted by work in factories or were seamen who stayed on, bringing their families across later.
There doesn't appear to be a significant Yemeni population in London and despite an extensive search the only option was to work with someone from the Yemeni Embassy. This would not normally be a natural choice for me. But Nabeel, although not necessarily representative of most UK Yemenis in terms of his education and background, does reflect those that are living in London.
We met at his home in a west London suburb at around 9am, February 25th, 2010. I simply wanted to photograph him on his way to work in the visa office. I felt it was a journey he made every working day, through a variety of ordinary London environments – the kind of journey millions of other Londoners would be very familiar with. He wore the same clothes he wears pretty much every day, nothing was changed for the picture, it's just him doing what he always does.
Julian Germain, photographer - www.juliangermain.com