Back in 2000 when I graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey with a degree in Journalism, I never thought I'd end up as a Picture Editor in national and consumer magazines. But here I am, almost 15 years later, with wonderful memories of shoots from the past. After art directing and producing photoshoots for Harpers Bazaar, Psychologies, Men's Health and Sainsbury's Magazine, I finally picked up my own camera and started taking pictures.
This started with a little plastic Lomo in summer 2009. I loved the vintage feel this camera could give. I put on an exhibition in Whitstable in 2010 and was then invited to be part of a group exhibition. See an older blog entry for more about this, and the film camera section of my website, as it’s what led me to meet a brilliant photographer who introduced me to the Voigtlander Bessa camera.
Recently I've been lucky to travel a little further afield, which went hand in hand with taking pictures. But creating pictures of any kind just makes me happy – I lose track of time and focus on what I'm doing, capturing that moment. The variety of life and cultures on the world’s streets is inspiring. But I also love to document what I'm hearing, smelling and seeing with words. I like to take pictures of people, yet I wouldn't call myself a portrait photographer; I've been on many shoots art directing brilliant photographers on complicated briefs and dealt with nice and the not-so nice celebrities in studios and on locations but that style of photography isn't what i like to produce. I prefer an up-close-and-personal encounter, when it's just me and the subject (or subjects), and it's free-flowing and natural.
In the Production / Picture Editing section you'll see some shoots I've worked on over the years. I also have some published work in the relevant section too, but there’s still more to add...the list is pretty endless.