London photographer Abby Scarlet has embarked on a six month challenge during which she will only accept work from clients willing to pay her in bitcoin.
Sitting in her colourful studio in a warehouse in North London, Scarlet – who’s approximately two weeks into her bitcoin-only endeavour – opened up about her discovery of the digital currency and her personal quest to spread its adoption.
“I was thrown into bitcoin head-first,” said Scarlet.
Anecdotally, Scarlet explained how she shared a house in Brighton – a seaside hotspot in the UK – with a bitcoin miner and a bitcoin enthusiast last year.
“He [the bitcoin miner] had all these machines and I didn’t know what they were. I actually turned them off when I got home once because they were making so much noise. He came in and started yelling, asking what I was doing. I didn’t realise he was actually mining digital currency.”
Though her initial introduction to bitcoin was somewhat humorous, Scarlet now refers to the currency as “mind blowing”, noting how it can be used to do good in the world.
What really sold her, however, was the community built around bitcoin.
“I was exposed to all