A lovely couple
Wednesday 10th August 2011. Edinburgh, Scotland
The plan was to give money away to strangers but I had no idea how to go about that. It's harder than it sounds. At this point I wasn't ready and I decided to practice on friends and relatives. Get the process licked before venturing into the unknown. A bit of a cop out? Yeah, but it threw up further anxieties. Now I had to explain this crazy idea to people I knew and cared for. If they laughed at me it would be curtains for Wearelucky.
I met Thomas and Moira in an Edinburgh restaurant. They'd recently moved back to Scotland from Spain and it was good to catch up over a few beers. Thomas initially seemed uncertain about accepting the money but Moira was genuinely excited at the idea. This made me feel good but by the time of the photo shoot, my confidence had sunk again. It was my first ever shoot and I was so nervous that I drank Moira's birthday bottle of champagne. I smoked constantly and managed to ruin half the shots with smoke billowing up into the frame.
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
We've given it to the Lora Foundation
, an orphanage in Bulgaria. We wanted to make sure the money went direct to the source and we trust that they will make the most of the money. I'd been out to Bulgaria in 2007 and I know this is going to make a huge difference to them.
The orphanage was going to have to choose between clothes or food this winter but they now have enough money to buy coats, shoes and food for all of the children.
2. How did your friends react when you told them about Wearelucky?
We didn't tell anyone at first, but when we did they were confused. They didn’t understand the simplicity of the project. Most people said that they wouldn’t know what to do with the money. When we contacted Judy at the orphanage and told her about the money she couldn’t believe it. Her actual words were, “This is a sign from God." You have to laugh a little bit. I’m like yeah Judy, wait till you meet this guy he really is…ha ha.
3. What, if anything, have you leaned from this experience?
It’s important to stay in touch with people you care about. This project has made us get back in touch with the orphanage in Bulgaria and the amazing people involved.