Born to artist parents, from an early age I developed a sharp eye and enjoyed playing with light and shapes through photography. But it was only when I helped set up a student darkroom, while doing my English Literature degree, that I really fell in love with its magic and power, alongside that of words. I've been happily and variously employed as a freelance photographer, editor and writer ever since.
My style of photography is vividly natural and sponaneous, and I'll often become almost invisible as I capture and celebrate the beauties of life, events and people as they really are.
In 2000 I created the diversity-celebrating collage poster 'Brixton Has Many Faces' out of 127 portraits shot over 3 days and 4 nights in Brixton, as part of a community initiative to counter sensationalist tabloid stories of the area as a haven for drug dealers. While living in Brighton between 2003 and 2007, I contributed regularly to Insight and Absolute magazines, held 2 solo exhibitions - 'Stealing Beauty' and 'Windows on the World', and was selected as Artist-In-Residence at the BAG gallery. I also organised and contributed work to 2 group photography exhibitions - 'The Spring Exhibition' at the Brighton Racecourse and 'Colour Me Happy' at the Coach House.
In 2005 and 2006 I was chosen as the official event photographer for Southwark Council, capturing their rainbow of vivid, multi-cultural carnivals, festivals and workshops. Along with the 'Brixton Has Many Faces' community project, this prefigured my ongoing humanity-celebrating 'Humans of London' project, created in December 2013, several years after I had moved back to London to live with my partner Simon. As well as the thousands of inspiring and moving stories and portraits shared online, this produced the beautiful hardback 'Humans of London' book, which was published by MoM Books in 2016 and reprinted in 2017.
In 2018 Simon and I moved again to the coast, this time to Hastings, and I also became the official event photographer for the yearly Queens Park Book Festival. in 2019 I was happy to be one of 'Four Lenses' commissioned to celebrate the historic Observer Building, and to be chosen to record a number of MSL Project community art events. In 2021 I won a tender, along with Hastings-based company Playne Design, to find and celebrate 56 people in 7 Town Centres who had all gone above and beyond to help and celebrate others, particularly during the tough times of the pandemic. This project was called 'Barnet Town Centre Heroes' and resulted in large format street exhibitions in each of the town centres, an online exhibition and a legacy book. I still travel up to London on a regular basis to fulfil photography commissions, and to share the faces and stories of more inspirational people met on the streets of our uniquely diverse and multi-cultural capital city.
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