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Ongoing: March 2021 - Present

Inspiration: Street Portraits by Dawoud Bey
May 2024

"For me, the portrait has always been a place where I have attempted to make a very rich physical, emotional, and psychological representation of the person in front of the camera, and to create a momentary relationship or exchange between the viewer and the person in the photograph that the viewer then takes back out into the world, and engages with the world and the human community in a way that is different."¹


From 1988 to 1991, Dawoud Bey was using his tripod-mounted 4x5 camera to make large-format portraits of fellow African Americans on the streets of various cities in the US. His approach was informal, honest and collaborative - often inviting his subjects to present themselves however they wished, and offering the resulting portrait to them in the form of a positive Polaroid. 


Bey photographed a wide range of people - the community’s elders boasting their Sunday best, a young boy with a cast on his wrist, a girl proudly wearing her school medals, a mother and daughter at the table, a women returning from the store, and lovers holding each other tenderly in the park - are just a few examples. 


By photographing his subjects close up, and with nondescript building walls, stoops and shutters as his backdrop slightly out of focus in the frame, he allowed the diverse individuality and emotions of his sitters to shine through. And shine they do - inquisitive gazes, that lean, loving gestures and that swag take centre stage, expressed in an authentic and confident kind of way. It’s as if each person is saying “this is me”.  


“My commitment has been for a very long time, to attach that level of complexity to subjects who have not traditionally been seen as having that level of complexity.”¹


The resulting 73 portraits are presented in Dawoud’s photobook Street Portraits - a profound monograph that celebrates being seen, and reminds us of the transformative power of seeing deeply


The work is an affirmation of the individual. Of individuality, of humanness. It is intimate and honest, personal and yet communal, aesthetically leaning but socially driven. An example of craft mastery with reaches far beyond the art of picture making. 


As a photographer fascinated by the power of portraiture and the representation of people, this book is one of my biggest inspirations, along with the - much-needed - visionary artist who made the work.

¹ Taken from The National Gallery Of Art’s interview with Dawoud Bey (Sept 2018)

Inspiration: Rebecca Norris Webb
March 2024

“To focus, you often close your eyes while speaking.

Looking through the lens, I dream with one eye open.” ¹

Lyrical, evocative and pensive are words often used to describe photographer and poet Rebecca Norris Webb’s work. Her books are multidimensional; frequently weaving photography with poetic text. They are incredibly rewarding to read as each pass reveals greater meaning - as we peel away the layers and uncover the metaphors in both the images and handwritten musings.


Perhaps this depth is down to her approach. Rebecca shoots with film and purely from instinct. She views her work as a way of collaborating with the world, and with every project remains open to the possibilities this collaboration can bring. She also favours long-term projects that allow her time to meander, ruminate and be enlightened by her photographs. 


“It’s taken me much of life to understand and accept that my images are wiser than I am. It often takes me weeks and sometimes months to understand what they are trying to say to me.” ²

Only recently have I come to truly appreciate her wonderful work. I find it beautiful and incredibly inspiring. It feels like the type of work that will stay with me forever, work that has substance, work that I can come back to throughout the trials and tribulations of my life. I’d highly recommend it. 


I feel Rebecca needs more flowers for these projects notably:

Her second monograph - My Dakota - which became an elegy to her brother who died suddenly of heart failure. Night Calls - her third book - which is set in Rush County, Indiana, where she grew up and where five generations of her Quaker family lived. It is Rebecca’s meditation on memory, the passage of time and family history, and can be interpreted as an homage to her country doctor father. And last in this non-exhaustive list: Slant Rhymes which is a collaborative book she made with husband and frequent collaborator Alex Webb. This is a beautiful ‘visual poem’ where Rebecca and Alex riff off each other’s photographs with their own text and images made over the course of their 40 year career. A creative nod to an enduring Love if you ask me.

¹ Taken from Slant Rhymes

² Taken from an interview for The New York Times (see below)

Inspiration: Mystery Street by Vasantha Yogananthan
February 2024

“I was in New Orleans during the summer; school was out, it’s that moment of the year when time expands. There is freedom but also boredom. It is a particular season, that of the summer vacation. It’s when you learn about yourself outside of school and home.”¹


Predominantly set on a sports field and within the confines of a summer camp playground, Vasantha Yogananthan’s Mystery Street follows the daily activities of the summer camp’s participants. At a transitional period in their lives where they are no longer children and not yet teenagers, we see them at play, at rest, in competition with each other, and supporting one another. Vasantha captures gestures of tenderness, gazes of contemplation, expressions of elation and moments of fragility and ennui. On one level the project could be interpreted as an intimate documentary of children growing up together.


But in my opinion, what is masterful about Mystery Street is that it is Vasantha’s poetic adaptation of youth and of time going by. It is a fable left open to the multiple narratives that viewers’ might infer by looking at the photographs, thanks to what Vasantha chooses to include in his selection and framing, and more importantly, exclude.


The photographs themselves are tightly cropped, always candid and often isolate a subject from the hive of activity that we infer is happening outside of the frame. We are left with unanswered questions and our interpretations to fill in the gap. In one image for example, we see a boy sitting down with his eyes closed - photographed in profile - whose torso is falling backwards. Was he pushed or is he falling as part of a game, and why is he (seemingly) by himself?


Furthermore, Vasantha’s informed sequencing of the photographs offers little context to these children’s lives outside of the summer camp; there are no shots of parents or summer camp coordinators, nor any establishing shots of the locale. With this, he suggests a dystopian space (post Hurricane Katrina) where children have ‘become masters of a city in which adults have disappeared, of a world that has been left to them, a world that is, in a way, on pause’.²


“As a photographer, one of my biggest battles is using the frame, lights and colour to bring abstract qualities to figurative images. I strive to remove anything that can be too illustrative, that can give too much context, that can overly narrow the scope of the imagination.” ¹


For this reason I’d say Vasantha Yogananthan’s Mystery Street is an incredibly rewarding photobook to get lost in. It is at first sight beautiful and ethereal, but as we delve deeper we come to realise it is also sensitive and layered. I’d highly recommend it!

¹ A conversation with Vasantha Yogananthan and Taous Dahmani in the Mystery Street book

² An interview with Vasantha Yogananthan and the Foundation Henri Cartier Bresson (linked below)


Mystery Street by Chose Commune

Mystery Street book flick through

Interview with Vasantha in Photograph Magazine

Interview with Vasantha for the Foundation Henri Cartier Bresson

Further works:  Vasantha's incredible seven part series A Myth Of Two Souls

J Dilla Changed My Life at The Jazz Café
February 2024

J Dilla Changed My Life. 

For real.


It was probably around 2008 when I realised that the songs that I loved were all produced by the late, great J Dilla. Once I had this realisation, I would listen to his beats over and over again to try to figure out how he achieved such a gritty, swingy, soulful sound. Truth is, when you attempt to decipher genius, you’ve lost already. You’re never going to fully understand how they did what they did, when they did. I came to understand that it's best not to analyse J Dilla's beatmaking prowess, but instead appreciate how beautiful life can be, by giving us such masterful art. I mean by going above and beyond what we thought were the limits of the Akai MPC3000 sampler, he taught us to dream bigger. That’s such a gift. And he was such a generous artist. 

I feel so lucky to have enjoyed his music throughout the past 15 years of my life. He’s been the foreground and background to so many happy memories that I’ve had over the years, and to be able to give back to a community that cherishes him and his music - and one that I’ve been a part of for 10 years - was an absolute honour. The last donut of the night we could say. Shout out to the Doctor's Orders for providing unforgettable nights celebrating the legacy of the man they call Jay Dee.

Genius comes by rarely, but when it does one has to sing aloud. 

Thank you J Dilla, and Happy 50th Birthday!!!!

Reflections: Notes To Myself
December 2023


Over the last twelve months you’ve accomplished a few of these goals, but also failed pretty badly at some of them. There’s been moments where you’ve felt overwhelmed, frustrated and out of your depth, but also elated, proud, fulfilled and self-assured.

Is this all part of the journey? Perhaps your ‘Goals List' isn’t as important as you had thought it was at the beginning of the year? Maybe its primary function is to serve as motivation to get up and out of the door, and not necessarily as a list to stick to rigidly?

Remember that throughout the year we all ebb and flow. We have peaks and troughs. And some things take a lot longer than expected.

Almost everything is a work-in-progress; the project that you’re working on now for example - the process needs refining - and that takes time and effort. All this to say that your priorities and energies inevitably shift throughout the year and that’s ok, as is not ticking off everything from your ‘Goals List'. The magic happens in the process of doing.

Also, on your journey to becoming a self-sufficient artist, remember to be open to the magic that happens outside of these lists. And don't forget to be gentle and compassionate to yourself, for you too are a work-in-progress.

Things that you really enjoyed

1. Starting the year in Spain with friends. Swimming in the sea on New Year’s Day.

2. Seeing more art. Especially Richard Mosse’s Broken Spectre, Chris Killip at the Photographer’s Gallery, Gabriel Moses’ Regina show, Banksy’s Cut and Run, Spike Lee’s Creative Sources at the Brooklyn Museum (your favourite museum), and finally Immersion at the ICP, for it was here that you discovered the wonderful work of Vasantha Yogananthan.

3. Travelling. You were lucky enough to visit New York again and was reminded of its swagger - one of the reasons why it remains a favourite city of yours. Marseille had a real vibe too, and Texas was a trip.

4. Falling, and being in Love again. It came at a time when you least expected it; you had become content with the idea of being a lonely artist and boom, it happened.

5. Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral. It's beautifully ethereal, like a scene from a Paolo Sorrentino movie.

6. And finally: getting prints framed / spending days looking at your newly developed contact sheets / Yeye’s / seeing your friends get married / exploring more of what Carnival has to offer / tripping for the first time with close friends at Bonobo’s live show / editing whilst listening to A Small Voice: Conversations with Photographers / driving to Script Apart / discovering the genius (and importance) of Gilles Peterson / going to West Ham with your Dad / going to Tina with your Mum / resting.

AlphaTheta's Wave Eight
December 2023

Had a great time shooting BTS and Product Photography for AlphaTheta's new set of portable speakers. It was a two day shoot with an awesome team.

Inspiration: Harry Gruyaert
November 2023

It’s a dance.

“Photography to me is very much like a dance. Your own body physically moves into a landscape, in an environment, and it’s your eye, your body, [that] moves in this environment … trying to find the things you really like and you’re really excited about and which makes sense. And that’s really wonderful, I really miss when I don’t take pictures for a long time, it’s this …. [acts out the action of having a camera to his face bobbing and weaving to find the right angle]”

Harry Gruyaert


Harry Gruyaert’s intuitive style of shooting is incredibly inspirational. I absolutely love his framing, sense of colour and versatility as a visual artist. He is able to photograph a chaotic urban environment so that it seems sensical, but also make beautifully sparse photographs of landscapes that look like paintings. Through his use of colour (amongst other techniques) he is able to elicit a wide array of emotions for the viewer - something that I’m hoping to achieve as I seek to improve my colour awareness. In my eyes he is a true master of observation, and - as he views his practice as means of engaging with life and what he is passionate about - I admire his philosophy too.


A great interview for Paris Photo (the quote above is taken from this clip)

An informative conversation with Roger Deakins and James Deakins

A survey of Harry Gruyaert's use of colour - How Harry Gruyaert Makes You Fall In Love With Colour Photography

An overview of Harry Gruyaert's work - What Harry Gruyaert Saw

Noon By Noor London Fashion Week Presentation
September 2023

Had a great time photographing behind the scenes for a London Fashion Week Presentation by Noon By Noor.

Huck Mag - Redefining English Identity, One Folkloric Event At A Time
May 2023

My ongoing personal project We Come One gets reviewed by Huck Mag with an article written by Isaac Muk. The full review can be found here.

We Come One Exhibition at Four Corners, London
March 2023

My first solo exhibition featured 44 colour photographs and an audio montage. It was attended by over 200 people across a week and raised £3650 in print sales, which will go towards funding this ongoing project. In 2025 I would have documented over 20 folkloric events and will have a major exhibition and book launch. The latest in this series can be viewed here

Photo credit: Juliana Vasquez

We Come One Promotional Video
March 2023

Had a lot of fun making this short video to promote the exhibition.

Additional Credits:

Project & Curatorial Consultant - Dr Oliver Peterson Gilbert

Graphic Designer - Beccy Burgin

Video Consultant - Ben Armstrong

Soundtrack - England by Salpa

British Journal of Photography's Portrait of Humanity Award
December 2021

I was shortlisted for the award and was overjoyed to see that my portrait of Wayne was the first in the book.

The Basement - A Nostalgic Visual Ode To Last Summer's Return Of Music Festivals
December 2021

My project After All We've Been Through, We Really Needed This - which documents the return of England's music festivals following two years of social restrictions - gets featured in The Basement. 

Google UK's Ally Complete Challenge with Jessie Ware, Ramla Ali, Katherine Ryan & her husband
September 2021

Had a great time being the Stills Photographer on set.

Rag n Bone Man's Crossfire
September 2021

Really enjoyed shooting BTS for this music video, which can be viewed here.

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