Party of One is a collaboration between me, Sarah Ilene, and Team Victoria - the talented creative duo also known as stylist Victoria Jane and photographer Victoria Siddle. Exploring the idea of the individual diner, this project seeks to challenge the stigma of eating alone. With each photograph representing a meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner - the series is a sneak peek into the private world of what it means to eat by oneself.
Of course for many this may seem strange. With the concept of dressing a table being very much attached to celebration and group gatherings, it is not hard to see why. But it is this thinking, that lead us to question: why isn't a meal for one as worthy of the same consideration and effort? Why is a meal alone any less important? Why is the thought of eating alone the cause for such sadness?
Each one was created with a certain person in mind and, with that, we were able to build settings that meant something to those people. You see, setting the table for yourself brings with it a lot of freedom. No worrying about having the right amount of this or that for each guest. It is a chance to fill a private space in your way, with things that mean something to you. Read in this way, these photos are much less melancholy but rather empowering.