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Interview: Chiron Cole, Photographer and Actress, on Confidence and the Capturing of Spaces, Portraits, and Intimate Moments of Sunday Dinners


Interview: Chiron Cole, Photographer and Actress, on Confidence and the Capturing of Spaces, Portraits, and Intimate Moments of Sunday Dinners

Jasmine Edwards

 Photo: Chiron Cole

Photo: Chiron Cole

Chiron Cole is a photographer and actress living in London. Her work focuses on capturing spaces, portraits, and food. She recieved her Bachelor of Arts degree, BA (hons), in Graphic Arts & Design. Afterwards, Chiron moved to London to complete her Master of Arts degree in Drama. Her project, "Sunday Dinners," delves deeply into the intimate moments created and remembered with friends, family, and loved ones, during the communing of dinnertime.

Check out the interview I conducted with Chiron to find out why her work focuses on capturing food, spaces, and portraits; what she hopes people will explore when encountering and interacting with her work; more about “Sunday Dinners,” and why it was, and still is, important to tell these stories to the world; the stories from "Sunday Dinners" she connects to the most; in her work, the process invovled in choosing what moments are photographed (verses those that are not); and some of the difficulties she's faced personally and professionally along the way.

Interview: Chiron Cole, Photographer and Actress, on Confidence and the Capturing of Spaces, Portraits, and Intimate Moments of Sunday Dinners


Jasmine: Hi, Chiron, thank you for interviewing with me. You are a photographer, actress, and wife living in London. Tell me some things I might not know about you.

Chiron: I love to travel. I love to eat. I love silence. 

Jasmine: Your work captures food, spaces, and portraits. Why do you focus on these three areas?

Chiron: I think I have fallen into these areas to be honest. I have always enjoyed capturing people. I really love observing situations and people watching. I love spending time with someone to capture his or her true identity. I think because of my background in acting and understanding the need for a beautiful serene open portrait whether you’re an actor or not is something really important so I always strive to spend enough time with clients for them to be able to relax, in order for me to capture them as authentically as possible.

 "Oxford Ness," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

"Oxford Ness," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

When it comes to spaces and food, wherever I am in the world I’m always trying to hunt out the calm, quiet places.

 "Concrete and Light," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

"Concrete and Light," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

I really enjoy accidentally discovering somewhere, a corner, or setting that allows me to breathe and have a moment, however fleeting to ground myself. It’s a nice balance for my work I think and often spotting those moments helps me to recharge my energy that often gets depleted quickly on hectic photoshoots. With food, well that has always been a real passion of mine. I love cooking, eating and talking about food and the fact I’ve been able to monetize this passion by capturing other peoples love of food in whatever form is a real bonus. 

Jasmine: Let’s talk about the spaces you capture. I believe you cause the observer to enter into a very personal space; we stand in places we’ve never encountered personally (and probably never will), but feel overly connected to in a peculiar way. It’s as if you choose spaces that evoke common and universal emotions, capture them, and then strategically encapsulate these moment for anyone, anywhere in the world—and at any moment in time—to experience.

There is one photographed moment in particular that does this for me: the hallway with the green-trimmed windows. I stumbled upon it while enjoying the collection of photographs on your website. Hallways usually remind me of fast-paced living. Places that were designed for passing through. But, this image invited me to stand still. I could have easily been at home on the rarest of occasions, the house to myself and my thoughts out in the open. What do you hope people will explore when encountering and interacting with your work?

Chiron: That’s a real compliment and really well observed. With the spaces I capture, they are really personal and sometimes often selfish moments between scenes during shoots. It’s extraordinary, that photo in the hallway has got me so much work and most of my clients have commented on it. I took the photo after a food shoot and I was on my way home. I was drawn into the atmosphere and it’s still to this day one of my favourite photos. It was a combination of the natural light from that stunning window, the artificial light and it’s shape, the simple colours and textures that drew me in. A stunning combination of some very ordinary objects but a very happy accident for me.

Life is so busy and hectic and we can’t always control our environment so I always have to remind myself to stop and breathe and look in the places that are a bit unexpected, it’s often there I find the most beauty. Simple, less contrived and quiet. 

I hope people viewing my work can appreciate that and take notice of things they might ordinarily ignore.  

 "T & C," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

"T & C," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

Jasmine: Speaking of encounters and interactions, let’s discuss food, particularly dinnertime. One of the most intimate moments for family and friends to commune, create memories, and reminisce on times past. Tell me about “Sunday Dinners,” and why it was, and still is, important to tell these stories. 

Chiron: With all the atrocities happening in the world that are either uniting us or tearing us apart, the simple ritual of sharing a meal with loved ones is a universal concept and one we can all relate to.  Most of us have an emotional connection to food, positive or negative, that either takes us back to another time in our lives or has some meaning, so knowing that Sunday is a day of the week often associated with rest I thought it would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall and see if there are any common themes between people from diverse backgrounds. We seem to be living in a moment of very little tolerance, which is incredibly sad.

We need to go back to basics and think about the simple things that make us happy. 

 "Aphrodite's Food," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

"Aphrodite's Food," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

Jasmine: What stories from “Sunday Dinners” have you connected to personally?

Chiron: Probably the stories where people share their Sundays with friends. Good friends are like family and it’s wonderful to share meals, recipes tips passed down through generations from mothers/grandmothers etc and to form new traditions. Elias and Sandra, Sam & Co and Freddie’s stories are good examples of this that really resonated with me.  

Jasmine: Your work is detailed, intentional, and seems to always allow room for a narrative to be built. What process do you go through in order to choose what is captured and what is not?


I stop, I look and I wait.

When I was just starting out as a photographer I would shoot everything in sight and worry about the edit after. Now I stop and watch and wait for moments to unfold rather than being as trigger happy as I once was. There are often shoots where that is more difficult like events but I make sure I am prepared so I can focus on capturing the right moments that I feel tell the story as well and truthfully as possible. 

Jasmine: Continuing the conversation on “processes,” arriving at a destination requires that you journey on a path to get there. Tell me about some of the processes and difficulties you’ve encountered to get to where you are today.


I think a lot is to do with confidence.

Confidence in my own ability, confidence in the concept, the team I’m working with, the set up, location and often when it comes to UK based shoots – the weather. There are usually certain procedures to go through depending on the nature of the shoot but first and foremost you need to establish the objective of the client. Once that is agreed then it’s a case of working with their budget, to produce a beautiful, successful, fun shoot that answers their brief. The difficulties can lie in you and your client having a different vision, if the client doesn’t buy into your aesthetic or approach you’re going to face an uphill struggle and question why you’ve been chosen for the job in the first place. Budgets can be tricky and managing clients’ expectations can sometimes be problematic if the budget doesn’t stretch to what they want. With a little diplomacy and negotiation you end up reaching a compromise.  

 "Herne," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

"Herne," Photography Credit: Chiron Cole

My own personal processes to get to where I am today have been quite flexible. It took me some time to decide what I wanted to do after studying for my BA(hons) in graphic arts & design. I then moved down to London and went to drama school to do an MA as acting runs in my family and I’d always had the bug to follow suit. It made sense to do it while I was still young and figuring out my future. After that it was a case of deciding what to pursue and when, and how I could combine all my skills to have a career I felt really fulfilled by. 

Jasmine: And, in many ways, having the support of your significant other while pursuing your path is comfort to the soul. Chiron, you are married to photographer. It’s not very often that one finds a lifetime companion whose life work is in the same industry as theirs. How has this enhanced your life?

Chiron: It is unusual but when we met we were doing very different things. I was just about to go to drama school and Tim was working in the advertising industry as a creative director. He had always had the bug to become a photographer and as his job took him all over the world he had been shooting on the side to build up his portfolio.

We were both on the journey together of shaping our careers into what we wanted and we were both each other’s biggest champion, and still very much are.

I am very lucky that I have someone who supports my career as much as he does and the bonus is that now we are both photographers we often get to work together too. 

Jasmine: Chiron, tell me one word that would describe your journey thus far.

Chiron: Fulfilling

Jasmine: Are there any current or future projects you’d like to talk about?

Chiron: I am working on a very exciting new project that I can’t share too much about yet but it’s involving women and food. 

Jasmine: Where can you be found online/off-line?

Chiron: Offline, I spend much of my time in east London, when I’m not working I’m hanging out in my local pubs and cafes with Tim and our dog Henry. Online I’m on all the usual social media platforms but Instagram (@chironcole) is my main love.

Jasmine: Thank you, Chiron!