The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

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Capturing The Nuance Of Britain With Intimate Portraits Of Strangers

The mind-broadening benefits of travelling are outstanding; and for Laura Pannack this means learning ample details about herself and the company she shares.

For a number of years now the London-based photographer has been working on an on-going project known as 'The Walks' – in which she captures portraits of strangers from across Britain.

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The format is straight forward: armed with a medium-format camera, Laura boards a train headed in the direction of somewhere she's never been before, and then goes for a walk.

"I engage. I stop mentally. I listen. True discipline for me is learning to decide when to experience and when to capture”

As a portrait photographer, she is drawn by faces that look like they have a story. The resulting pictures are instants of truth, with no pressure, agenda or reason behind them.

In a new documentary film, FullBleed takes us on one of Laura's more recent trips where she begins to understand why she fell in love with photography in the first place.

Watch the seven-minute video below.

FullBleed is an emerging film channel which produces a regular series of original documentaries from around the world, taking viewers behind the scenes of iconic photographic stories.

Laura has won first prize for Portrait Singles in the World Press Photo Awards, the John Kobal Award at the Taylor Wessing Prize and most recently, the Vic Odden by The Royal Photographic Society.

Her work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Festival Hall. You can see more from the series below, but make sure to follow the website for more.

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

The Walks (Photograph: Laura Pannack)

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By Matthew Kirby, published on 16/03/2016

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