I regularly visited my local barbershop in Newport in November and December 2011. I came to know Symon the barber and his young assistant, Michael. The customers have always intrigued me, the working class local men coming in to have a haircut before heading to town for a night out.
These faces are the faces of Newport’s youth and future. These young men are used to portraying a hard façade to gain respect, and in order to be a ‘real man’. However, what I feel I have captured is their true feelings of their situation.