I wanted to explore the challenges of teen life. Paperboy is a metaphor for difference: how do you fit in when you’re made of card? His friends try to persuade him to swim with them but he’s scared to join in. He manages to adapt: where one of his friends ambushes another friend with a water pistol, he throws a shower of pieces of paper.
I came up with the idea for Paperboy a couple of years ago. Through Emma Taylor I met the amazing Jaina Minton, who dedicated an unreasonable amount of her time to creating Paperboy’s suit. Mentioning blood, sweat and tears doesn’t really do her effort justice – all I can say is thank you for understanding what I wanted to achieve and seeing it through to the end.
Huge shout out to Sid who managed to keep calm inside the Paperboy suit for two days.
Paper artist - Jaina Minton
DOP - George Laycock
Stylist - Laura Walters
Paperboy model - Sidney Hanson-Kahn
Models - Woody Cook @ PRM, Lucas Bonacorso @ Nevs, Jack Cox @ Nevs
Producer - James Hole
Post - Jonny @ Pop35, Brad Spencer
Stylist's assistant - Amelia Ellison
Production assistants - Georgia Meinert, Poppy Gooch
Music - “Don’t let the man get you down”, used by kind permission of Fatboy Slim