Jamelia, East London 2000.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 Although my aim is sometimes to get to photograph my subjects before they become big stars, occasionally you can get to someone too early.  I think that was the case here.

Although perfectly friendly and well behaved, I met Jamelia when she seemed short of confidence and, perhaps, unsure of the exact direction her career was taking. 

That’s the way it seemed to me in any case.  She very soon became a completely different proposition to the one I encountered.

So this is her during her early, somewhat boyish phase.