Who is he? Why is his hand bandaged? Where did he come from? The only one who knows is photographer Paul Reid, and he’s not saying, just yet..
When I was a child, I was obsessed with time travel. I imagined this man in a hat who could travel in time and I made an entire story in my head. As time went by and my imagination became dull through maturity, I forgot about the time traveller.
It wasn’t until maybe a year ago that on a day out doing street photography, I came across some buildings. Initially, I just thought they looked cool. As I lifted the camera to my eye, the memories came flooding back – I’d seen these buildings before! Not literally, but I’d imagined buildings like them. And there in my mind, I could imagine the time traveller standing there looking out towards them.
Bit by bit I remembered parts of the story. I went back a few weeks later with a friend. I bought the hat and I did the first time traveller shoot. I’ve been looking out for locations ever since to do further shoots and try to slowly piece everything together..