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What was the idea behind the shoot?

Joshua Woods: The idea behind the shoot was to capture people who have gaps.

Why did you want to shoot this story?

Joshua Woods: Well as I’ve grown as a person I’ve started to pay more attention to the things that make me unique as an individual. So for a while, I started noticing everyone who had a gap, as people were fascinated with my teeth so was I with theirs. Every person I’ve met in the past year, we’ve instantly gravitated towards one another – like crazy gap magnets.

How did you cast it – were you looking for any specific characteristics or just gaps?

Joshua Woods: Just gaps.

“Every person I’ve met in the past year, we’ve instantly gravitated towards one another – like crazy gap magnets” – Joshua Woods

In terms of the overall art direction of the shoot – colours and props – what references or moods were you looking at?

Joshua Woods: Well it was mainly a self-reflective story in a way. Some of the things I used to look at or do, like looking at my teeth marks on an apple or me putting things in my teeth unconsciously.

 

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Tell us about your own experiences of having a gap – because this is where the shoot stems from. Were you always proud of your gap?

Joshua Woods: Not always. I remember a kid telling me that my gap was so big that he could kick a field goal through it, to times as an adult when girls asked me if they could lick my teeth. I sometimes would put a tissue in between my teeth to look and see how I would look like without it. That came to a dead end though, it didn’t feel right.

What do you hope to show people with these photos?

Joshua Woods: That people who have gaps are the coolest in the world. More so identity – that’s the most important thing. Embracing who you are through your imperfections.

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