"Immigrants are so often spoken about in terms of statistics or stereotypes. I want people to understand the variety within a group and show how different each person can be," Clift explained. "Over five million British people live outside of the UK with almost 2,000 of us moving abroad each week. I thought it would be interesting not to focus on immigrants into the UK in the way that much of the British media does, but to look the other way and focus on British people who are immigrants themselves in other countries."
So far Clift has travelled to Spain where over 700,000 British expatriates reside and photographed a variety of people living near the Mediterranean coast. According to Clift, some could not speak Spanish and hardly integrated with the locals whilst others had married Spanish people and educated their children in local schools.
He added: "I found a common thread of 'Britishness' running through each and every one of my subjects, but beyond that, they varied hugely. I hope to expand the project to include further countries, and I am currently looking for funding to help with this."
Charlie Clift is an editorial and commercial photographer based in London. His clients include Action for Children, The Sunday Times, Help for Heroes and Crew Clothing. You can view his professional portfolio on his website: www.charliecliftphotography.com.
Main image: Carole regularly plays bowls at the Javea Green Bowls Club which consists almost entirely of British members. She loves living in Spain and doesn’t want to move but is frustrated that she can no longer vote in British parliamentary elections.