For Issue 11, Sophie Mayanne captures the unbreakable chain of paternal love shared between Nick and his son Justice. At the shoot, the team felt the true warmth of their relationship, as Nick became a human-climbing frame and the pair played before the lens. There was an almost subliminal connection on display; in the subtlety of micro-expressions, doting eye contact and shared demeanours. Sometimes that kind of magnetic energy needs no direction, it is simply there to be admired.
When you’re a child, who is more a hero than your own dad? He’s your tower of safety, standing high above your little world. You cherish those moments of simple happiness; the kind without limits, free of any prejudice. You look to him and see the little parts of yourself in his face. Eyes are borrowed, your smile is his smile, together you are mirrors of one another.
Your palms rest on his, like a small fishing boat gliding through a vast ocean of serenity. Wrapped up tight, hiding yourself in the darkest parts of his coat, you’re carried like an invisible secret that only he’s discovered. For a father, it’s that odd realisation that your heart is running around in someone else’s body - and they’re usually 4ft-something and wildly unpredictable. One thing is for certain, as your limbs grow and your mind wanders towards new possibilities, that eternal bond will remain.
To see this intimate story come to life in print, our latest Issue 11, "Imagined Songs" is available in stockists worldwide and our BBG Shop.