There is an over-reliance on statistics and empirical data, as scientific methods are believed to provide hard evidence and be more objective - when objective and evidence are associated with measurement.
Even happiness has been reduced to what can be measured and quantified, so that it can be compared globally. The sixty-fifth session of the UN General Assembly in 2011 adopted the Agenda item 13: Resolution 65/309 - an agreement to measure development in terms of happiness.
Since then, there has been an explosion in ‘Happinomics’ - different ways of measuring happiness. For example the ‘World Database of Happiness’, ‘The Happy Planet Index’, and maps of happiness around the world.
As aspects of our lives are dehumanised and reduced to statistics, we might forget the complexity and beautiful richness of human life.
This project explores some of the multi-layered and abundant aspects of happiness that become lost behind numbers. It presents what happiness means to people around London. Together the portraits celebrate the unquantifiable of happiness.