A bit more about me & my work
It's often the frayed edges of a story that draw my attention, where threads from the past unravel in the present, & where vulnerability & fragility reside alongside hope & resilience.
Sounds Unseen, an exhibition commissioned in 2017 by St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York, is a visual narrative of life in the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Northern France, seen through the remarkable work of The Calais Sessions - a live music & recording project which I photographed over a period of several months. The exhibition toured to the Galway International Arts Festival in 2018.
Displaced Connections, exhibited at the 12 Star Gallery at Europe House in London in 2018, captures the powerful impact of the work of arts-led NGO Clowns Without Borders UK, in temporary refugee settlements in Serbia & Greece.
Traces is a collaboration with performance artist Marisa Garreffa, born out of Marisa's Rituals of Healing series, in which she explores her own history as a survivor of violence through live ritual. During a residency at Au Brana Cultural Centre in France we began a shared exploration of the traces of trauma, layering up fragments, echoes, the elements, movement & image.
In 2019 the Brighton-based arts charity Root Experience commissioned me to create Hidden Stories, a series of collaborative portraits of people living with invisible disabilities. The images accompanied the launch of an illustrated book & marked the culmination of their award-winning workshop programme.
I’ve always been passionate about the power of the arts to transform lives & bring people together, to reach across borders & to tell stories that move, challenge & change us.
Since 2013 I’ve been photographing the Taragalte Festival of music & nomadic culture on the edge of the Sahara Desert in South Morocco - documenting its rich cultural heritage, the impact of political & environmental change in the region, & the vibrant artistic community the festival creates.
In Truth to Power Café with London Artists Projects, my portrait photographs contribute to a live theatrical narrative, amplifying the moving personal testimonies made by participants as part of the show.
For Theyyam - Living Deities I immersed myself in the ancient Hindu ceremonies of Northern Kerala, to capture vivid stories of the gods re-enacted in nocturnal ritual performances.
I'm fascinated by the intersection between photography, creative process & live performance, & love working alongside musicians, theatre artists, choreographers & dancers. Assignments have included Circus Hub - a residency with international circus artists in Edinburgh, touring the UK with the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, & collaborations with Crying in the Wilderness Productions, choreographer Kettly Noël, & physical theatre company New Public.
On a residency in Kolkata as part of Re:Imagine India with the National Centre for Writing & the British Council, I captured the intensity of daily life on the streets of this multi-layered city through fragments of visual drama. My photo essay Something has Already Happened, was published by Seagull Books in 2019 in the anthology Writing Places.
In 2020, amongst other projects, I've been commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for a new exhibition called Placing Home, for which I'm making work with people who have experience of living in Direct Provision in Ireland.