Thursday, 7 December 2017
There I was at 1am in a dark alley with two undercover police officers. Up walks this lady offering us crack. It was a stark reminder of the importance of the documentary we were there to promote.
I spent my university days in Bristol so I was excited to be invited back by the BBC to shoot there. However, this documentary would show me a side of the city I hadn't known before: drugs, crime and addiction, but also those working to make it a safer and better place.
There wasn't a single dull moment - I discovered class A drug users living completely normal lives, performers who use hallucinogenic substances to enhance their work, recovered addicts making a new life for themselves, and police officers dedicated to helping those in need.
From the few brief clips I have seen the series is not something to be missed. It was exciting, emotional and an honour to be part of. You can watch the episodes here: LINK
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
My project '10 years of Premier Skills' has been selected for The Creative Review Photography Annual 2017. I am delighted to have been included in this special issue dedicated to outstanding photography taken throughout the year. Check it out: LINK
Thursday, 9 November 2017
It's great to have been selected for this years Portrait Salon. This competition is a 'Salon des Refusés' for the best portraits that have not been selected for the Taylor Wessing Prize.
Although my photograph 'Kids of Kolkata' was selected for this years Taylor Wessing prize LINK it's such an honour to have another image of mine that didn't make it selected for the Salon.
In my photograph a young child relaxes in the grass after a football training session in the humid heat of Kolkata.
The exhibition is for one night only - so don't miss it. More details: LINK
Thursday, 26 October 2017
I was asked to photograph the talented Breakthrough Brits for BAFTA this year. We danced, jumped, played air guitar, debated about biscuits, performed t-rex impressions, pretended to be pin ups and at one point I emerged as Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat - soundtrack included (thank you Burberry for the amazing outfit).
Thank you to BAFTA, Burberry and the amazing team behind the shoot. We created some wonderful photographs of the Breakthrough British talent. You can find out more about them here: LINK
Monday, 23 October 2017
One of the biggest perks of my job is that I get to travel all over the world. So when I was asked to join a whirlwind tour of Jerusalem with historian Neil MacGregor I wasn't going to say no was I?
My camera was packed and so was my thirst for knowledge (slightly ironic as I became extremely dehydrated in the humid heat of Jerusalem). It was a short and sweet trip - we watched the sunrise over the gleaming domes of Jerusalem, slept on Mt. Zion, persuaded a man with a camel to let us use his field and ate copious amounts of hummus.
Make sure to have a listen of Neil's new radio show, 'Living With The Gods' on BBC Radio 4, he really is incredibly good at explaining the complexities of religion - LINK
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Who would have thought a pizza shoot would be a recipe for wonderful chaos? Flour explosions, dancing in the kitchen, and of course, the sweet aroma of freshly made pizza in the air... I didn't hear anyone complaining.
I was asked to create authentic and natural black and white imagery for Papa John's current campaign. I knew that to get the photos I wanted I had to inspire fun in my chefs... that's what cooking is all about. That meant turning the music up, dancing on the kitchen counter, making a mess, and generally inspiring a bit of chaos. It's amazing how much fun everyone can have when you take the lead.
Thank you to the team at Pablo for the fun commission - I think we created some fantastic images together. The colour food shots for the campaign were shot by Tony Briscoe, thanks for your tasty work sir I think our photos look great together. Look out for them all over the sides of buses, popping up in the tube and online all over the place.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
You never know what to expect when photographing celebrities, fame can go to the head. This was certainly not the case with Liv whose personality and humour shone through from the moment I met her. A gracious presence she was totally up for a laugh. What a wonderful person to photograph for my first cover for SvD Perfect Guide.
Have a read here (in Swedish) LINK