29 November 2013
Last updated at 11:02 ET
British photographer Niall McDiarmid has spent the last few years taking portraits on the streets around the UK, capturing the individual style and personalities of the people he met, including these two women in Beverley Terrace, Cullercoats.
In January 2011, McDiarmid ventured out with his camera hoping to encounter interesting people to photograph. An afternoon spent around the streets of south London proved fruitful and the Crossing Paths project was born. (Balfern Street, Battersea, London.)
"I was pleased with the results, so I headed out again the following weekend and so it went on for three years," says McDiarmid. (High Street, Exeter.)
"Initially the walks were in London but I soon branched out across the South East of England taking train trips, then going for a walk, when I could." This couple posed for a portrait in Maitland’s Pend, Peterhead.
By mid-2011 the photographer had decided to expand his portrait journey project by travelling to locations the length and breadth of the UK.
Three years, 120 towns and cities and more than 800 portraits later the Crossing Paths project has come to an end. (Union Street, Aberdeen.)
"Although many of those who agree to be photographed tell me a bit about their lives, I really just wanted this to be a visual project - a record of that person on that street at that time." (Marine Road East, Morecambe.)
"After I hit my stride, I realised I was building up a portrait of Britain looking at a population that is changing fast," says McDiarmid. (North Seaton Road, Newbiggin-by-the- Sea.)
"Even though the high streets across the country are often clones of each other, often with the same chain stores, selling the same things, the individuals who walk those streets continue to express themselves in ever more creative ways." (Parker Street, Liverpool.)
A new book featuring 150 photos from the project has just been published by Hey Little Heroes. (St Andrew’s Street Cambridge.)