Sophie Green, 20, Fareham, Student Teacher
Sophie Green, 20, Norfolk, Student
In her ongoing project, I Am Sophie Green, the London-based photographer Sophie Green creates an archive of individuals who go by the same name. Beginning in late 2011, the project has led her to various areas in England in search of people to photograph.
To find her subjects, Green conducted a search of registered voters and scoured social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia. She contacted each “Sophie Green” first online, then allowed their relationship to evolve by phone and email, making her intentions clear from the start.
A few of them identified with the project right away, while others required some convincing. Each had a different history and diverse life experiences. Most were young, in their 20s and 30s, due to the nature of the websites Green frequented, but she hopes to continue the project with women of all ages.
While initial meetings can be awkward, Green explains that her conversations with each subject were organic, frank, and candid. They were surprisingly vulnerable and shared bits and pieces of their life stories. “It was almost like sharing a name broke down social barriers and brought an intimacy between us,” Green says.
While each “Sophie” unveils portions of her distinctive character, the unpredictability and anonymity of any given name also come to the fore. This crowd of “Sophies,” scattered about the country, dissolves into pieces lonesome pieces of a puzzle not yet pieced together—yet bound to one another by some ineffable force.
Sophie Green, 30, Sussex, PR Publicist
Sophie Green, 20, Bournemouth, Nursery Nurse
Sophie Green, 27, Notting Hill, London, Environmental Campaigner
Sophie-Green, 24, Sheffield
Sophie Green, 31, Forest Hill, London, Social Worker
Sophie Green, 18, Sheffield, At School
Sophie Green, 37, Liverpool, Artist
Sophie Green, 23, Waterloo, London, Social Researcher
Sophie Green, 21, Camberwell, London, Photographer
Sophie Green, 19, Oxford, Graphic Design Student
Sophie Green, 18, Gloucestershire, Student
All images © Sophie Green