10th June 2017
Leigh Art Trail
All this week (10th-17th June) I’m exhibiting work from my Essex Chronicles project at the Book Inn / Cake Bar in Leigh-on-Sea, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Leigh Art Trail. Comprising over 80 artists at 52 venues across the town, it’s run by a non-profit community organisation showcasing the work of local Essex artists of all genres.
Venue details: Venue 43, The Book Inn, 49 Broadway West, SS9 2BX.
Bud To Bloom
One of my portraits is published in the spring issue of Trawler magazine, available now.
9th May 2017
The Story Portrait
I'm honoured to have been invited by Margaret Mitchell to feature on her Story Portrait website this week. The idea is that featured photographers pick their favourite portrait and tell the story behind it, and I've chosen this image from my ongoing Essex Chronicles series.
25th September 2016
Some of my portraits from this summer’s Village Green festival are published this week in the latest copy of community newspaper Trawler - you can pick up a free copy in cafés / libraries etc around the Leigh-on-Sea / Southend area. Trawler is a crowdsourced Made In Leigh publication put together by local creatives, with a focus on local issues and the arts.
9th September 2016
Earlier this year I started on a new series documenting the Essex estuary where I grew up. I hope it will be a long-term project and I intend to show how the coastline interacts with the local population, architecture, industry, leisure and nature that sits along it.
Traditional landscapes or seascapes are not really my thing, so I’m using my eye to come up with my own interpretation. My preferred way of working is to go out early in the mornings when it’s quieter and the light is softer.
22nd June 2016
I set up my free 'pop-up portrait studio' at the Village Green festival in Southend again a couple of weeks ago. This is the second year I've done it and I came away with a nice little gallery of portraits. It was a fun day and to top it all there was a great set by Billy Bragg in the evening.
17th April 2016
This week I have some images published in issue 2 of Trawler, a community-generated tabloid newsprint paper. It's produced by a collective of writers, designers, photographers and other creatives based in and around Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, and published by Made In Leigh.
My images are part of a collaboration with writer Paige Ockendon, for a story about Southend's Open Swimming Group who brave all weathers to swim in the Thames estuary. Paige has posted a great video of the swimmers here.
Trawler can be found in local cafés and businesses around the Southend area.
20th November 2015
I am excited to have a portrait (of my daughter) on display at this year's Portrait Salon. Now in its 5th year, Portrait Salon aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery.
If you are in between London 19th and 22nd November, please pop in and have a look! You can vote for your favourite 3 portraits on display, and there's also this very clever sticker book available so you can curate your own catalogue from all the portraits exhibited. It's at the Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street SE1 0LN (near Southwark station).
29th June 2015
Pop-up Portrait Studio
A couple of weeks ago I set up a free portrait 'studio' at my local music and arts festival, Village Green, at Chalkwell Park in Southend, Essex. I'd never done anything like this before but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a long day but I picked up a lot of ideas for making it work better for me next time. There's a gallery of my favourite images here.
19th June 2015
I'm used to photographing my own two daughters but recently I've found myself shooting a few portraits of other families. So please bear me in mind if you know anyone in the south east Essex area that might be interested in a commission. There's a gallery of further examples, and more information, here.
30th November 2014
This week I'm featured on The Swap, an ongoing project curated by Stuart Pilkington. The idea is simply to team up with another photographer, and take portraits of each other - being as simple or as elaborate, as literal or as abstract as you like.
My 'swap' is Kirsty Mackay, a portrait and documentary photographer from Bristol. We didn't know each other but I approached her because I was a fan of her work - happily she was keen to participate and we met up in August. We agreed not to show each other our portraits until they went 'live' on the website. There's more background information here.
This is actually the second time I've contributed to the project. In late 2013 I 'swapped' with Richard Stern, whom I’d met a couple of times via Photo-Forum in London. As Richard is a street photographer I chose to portray him in his ‘natural environment’, on the street. For the return portrait, Richard photographed me in a camera store.
In the past I've also contributed to another of Stuart's projects, Book Film Painting. Over 100 photographers took part, and each submitted an image inspired by either a book, a film, or a painting. My submission was inspired by the book 'Sense and Sensibility', by Jane Austen. I contacted Sam and Sarah, self-confessed Austen fans from Rochester, Kent, after reading an article about Austen enthusiasts in one of the Sunday supplements, and they agreed to be photographed for the project.
7th November 2014
Some random street portraits, from an Owen Harvey workshop I participated in this week, organised by arts charity IdeasTap. We spent the morning on studio portraits and the afternoon on street portraits. I asked lots of strangers to pose - half said ‘yes’ and half said ‘no’, so it was an interesting exercise.