"I grew up in Egypt in a very close family household. We lived in an apartment building, my grandparents lived in the same building, my aunt as well, so this was a very close-knit family unit. When I was 18, I went to the US to study and that's how my journey away from Egypt started. And now there's this extra identity of being British, because I've now lived in England for 13 years.
"I definitely still connect more with my roots as an Egyptian, but there's always been a bit of something that I feel I have to justify for myself, that maybe you lose some of that when you live far away for so long. I've felt that when I go out on the streets here to photograph. A lot of times people ask me, 'Where are you from?' Then starts this conversation: 'I'm from here'. They're like, 'Oh, there's no way you're from here. Maybe you're from Tunis or Lebanon, but you're not Egyptian.' I think when you leave a country and live somewhere else, the way you carry yourself changes. I always dress the way you'd see an Egyptian dress, when I speak Arabic I think it's normal Egyptian, but I think they are picking up on these subtle changes. 'No, you're not Egyptian.'"