In this collection, you’ll find a boat captain, a mother, a barista and café owner, a communications coordinator, and a boxing coach. Each has their own stories of resilience and skill in their respective roles. You’ll find Stephanie’s own words woven throughout the essay. You can also find more of Stephanie’s commercial work and portraiture here.
Portraits at Work
For this edition of Common Ground, we asked photographer Stephanie Soh to capture images of men and women at work. Rather than the person being only an instrument of work or resource, we wanted Stephanie’s photos to help us see the humanity and dignity of people at work.
I’ve seen them show up as dads, wives, team members, bosses, friends, supporters, and business owners. I have witnessed them all navigate challenges. We’ve celebrated together in moments of joy and, for some, even shed tears together in grief.
So, capturing them in their workplaces or, more accurately, outworking their passions, was easy and an honour. I hoped to do justice to each of my friends, capturing not only how highly I think of each of them, but also showing the depths of who they are in this season and beyond.