Notting Hill Carnival is the one of the biggest cultural moments of the year, where Londoners and day-trippers from other cities head to West London to celebrate Caribbean culture.
Since NHC 2020 was moving online due to the pandemic, Platform13 identified an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Carni and connections made there, uplifting the community with some much needed joy.
Fully concepted and produced by Platform13, we wanted to find and tell the true love stories of Carnival.
We did a call out across Platform13 and Bumble UK instagram channels, which was re-shared widely through our network's channel, eventually selecting 3 couples with a deep connection to this much loved milestone of the year. This included the first same-sex couple to appear on Bumble UK's Instagram channel - paving the way for a much more inclusive future for the brand.
For their story we shot outside Jay Dee’s Catering - a Caribbean staple based in Notting Hill , since food was an important part of their Carnival experience and how they connect as a couple.
For the shoot we took them back to Powis Terrace, and alongside some of the iconic Notting Hill streets and houses that are the backdrop for Carni.
Yiga and Seyi connect over music, making Carnival the perfect moment to celebrate together. We shot them rooting through People’s Sound Records - an iconic Notting Hill record shop that would usually have set up their sound system outside during Carnival to play Reggae from their massive collection.