Fittingly, it began on a road trip
My favourite university lecturer became my best friend, his name was Suade Bergemann. It was 2004 and we were on a road trip driving through the Alps and Suade was being fascinating, as usual. He was telling me about the geology of the land around us and how it was formed. We were listening to the radio and he was telling me where all the samples in the music were originally recorded. He taught me how to recognise species of trees by their silhouette. He was being so bloody fascinating.
I felt boring. I had nothing to add to the conversation as Suade was able to apply his deep understanding of broad trivia to the every day. I figured Suade must find most people boring actually, as he functions at the higher level. I also thought the one person he finds most interesting would be someone truly fascinating. Someone, as a photographer I would love to photograph.
So I asked him, “Suade, who’s the most interesting person you know?”
He told me about his uncle Sir Roger Graef, the BAFTA award winning documentary film maker. “Roger’s films have changed the world we live in.”
Suade told me about his uncle; “His films have changed the world I grew up in. For example the way victims of rape are handled by the police, how the UK communicates with British prisoners abroad. In terms of the impact he’s had on the society I live in, my uncle Roger is the most interesting person I know.”
Some time later I met Sir Roger and told him about my conversation with his nephew Suade. “I have to ask you Roger. Who’s would yours be? Who is the most interesting person you know?” As I was sure it would be someone intriguing.
And he told me about his colleague, the undercover journalist Angie Mason.
Then I picked up my camera and went to meet Angie. And so began the project.
Suade Bergemann is a PhD in music composition. He is the boss at the http://www.adaptedvinyl.com/ record label for over a decade and runs a mastering studio in Newcastle upon Tyne. As of writing he has recently taken up learning to fly, an interest in fractional reserve systems, and fatherhood.