About Me
11 April 2019

Biography

I am a photographer based in Coventry, UK, with an interest in social documentary, visual sociology, portraiture and events. I aim to portray working class life in a progressive way.

I am the founder and production director of the London Street Photography Festival. In this role I champion young people and under-represented minorities.

My work has been published in newspapers (Daily Mirror, The Guardian and others), magazines (Firefighter, Red Pepper and others) and online (BBC, Love Music Hate Racism, Hope Not Hate, Philosophy Football, SWTUC and others).

I am studying for a BA (Hons) Photography at Coventry University, UK

Background

I was born in Lambeth, London. As a young boy I moved to North West Hamsphire with my family as part of the “London Overspill”. I married my childhood sweetheart Cheryl. We have two daughters, Aretha and Peta and a grandson Reggie.

I began working life as a trainee electronic telecommunication engineer although I quickly grew bored with transistors, microchips and factory life.

I changed career to become a firefighter. I served my community on the front line in Basingstoke for 20 years. I gained many fire service qualifications as a breathing apparatus instructor, a driving instructor, a specialist rescue vehicle instructor, a first aid instructor, a fire safety officer and an educator who visited schools teaching young people about the dangers andhow to escape from a fire. I was a Fire Brigades Union official and organised members, represented workplace grievances, worked hard for equality, attended education schools, conferences and took part in meetings with senior management. Sadly, following a minor health problem, I was dismissed from the fire brigade.

I switched career and became an event and production manager in the creative industries. During the late 1990’s I was the producer of the legendary pre digital multi-media collective Raya. We held down a three-year residency at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. We produced multi media events for the British Council and other organisations across the world.

As a production manager and event producer, I have managed and directed large complicated productions for various organisations, companies and festivals. Including Glastonbury and the United Nations (ITU) in Geneva where I was responsible for a million pound production budget. I was a part time lecturer at Salisbury Art College. I was the lead film making tutor for the BBC Blast project. I have delivered ground breaking informal creative courses for young disadvantaged people with the Princes Trust, Hackney Council, The Naional Portrit Gallery and others.

In 2010, I switched career once more to work as a Tour/Production manager in the music industry. My “A” list clients have included Wu-Tang Clan, Pusha T, Duke Dumont, Maya Jane Coles, TY and others. I have travelled extensively delivering tours and shows to every corner of the globe.

For a time I was based in Beverly Hills, California, working with Wu Music Group, 360 Management, G.O.O.D Music and Rocnation.

I had climbed to the top of my profession and it was at this moment that I decided to make more time for my life long love of photography.

Today I would consider myself to be a photographer. However, I still occasionally produce tours and events if an old friend calls and I have spare space in my diary. And I am doing a few other things for example supplying DJ services for West Ham United and LAHAD

A second year media student made a three minute documentary for his university module, a glimpse of my career in the creative industries.