Chasing Dreams: A Street Portrait Series by Iwona Pinkowicz

Vinciento: “My dream is to find a wife.”

All images by Iwona Pinkowicz. Used with permission.

Photographer Iwona Pinkowicz has evolved quite a bit since bidding her day job adieu to pursue photography full time. To refresh, Iwona is a fantastic street photographer who then got into street portraiture and earned a spot on our list of great women photographers to watch. Iwona’s approach has always been really different from others, and even the results she gets when asking people candidly for a portrait seem to turn into photos that show some sense of connection.

Iwona is self-taught and says that these days she specializes in story telling and portrait photography–and that’s what’s so evident in her series “Chasing Dreams.”


“I believe the key to conveying true emotion in a photograph is to get involved and become part of the scene,” she tells us in an email. “I have the confidence to get up close and personal with my subjects, enabling me to capture priceless moments filled with real emotion.”

​About the project:

“Chasing Dreams”

We all have dreams that range in size, scope and silliness. Since January 2016 I have been photographing strangers on the streets of London and asking them, what is your dream? One of my dreams is to publish a street portraits photo book featuring the people I have met doing this. The aim of the project is to show that no matter who you are or what you do you should always have dreams and be unafraid to pursue them. I want to show that through hard work, dedication and confidence in yourself, dreams can come true no matter how silly, ambitious or unattainable they may seem.

Ibrahim: “My dream is to create shop windows and special installations.”

Lucie: “My dream is to travel all around the world, see all the things that the world can give me.”

Moss: “My dream is to live my life as a complete dream, not to wake up thinking what happens at the end because I know my time is limited.”

Tayce: “My dream is to break the mould. I like to push boundaries and make the unexpected happen, especially in the modelling world, where I have been told I’m too skinny and to bulk up. But this is me, it’s the body I was born with and I wouldn’t change it for anyone’s validation.”

Ning: “My dream is to be a freelance graphic designer.”

Natty: “My dream is to be successful in arts and to travel the world and find contentment.”

Eva: “My dream is to live in London one day.”

Maria: “My dream is to be a mum of three and live in Barcelona.”

George: “My dream is to be happy for the rest of my life.”


Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.