I am a photographer with an interest in social documentary and visual sociology.
I aim to represent working class people in a dignified and progressive way.
I was a founder and the production director of the London Street Photography Festival. In this role I championed young people, under-represented minorities and women. In 2017, LSPF was the first global SP festival to achieve a majority of women in our management team, guest speaker list and competition judges. Additionally, we made the competition free to enter for under 21’s, and this brought forward exceptional talents, most originating from South Asia.
In 2020 I was awarded a BA (Hons) Photography 1st class at Coventry University, UK
I am currently studying MFA Photography at the University for Creative Arts, UK
My work has been published in newspapers, magazines and online.
Born in Lambeth. My family moved to North West Hamsphire as part of the “London overspill” in the late 60’s. I married Cheryl, my childhood sweetheart. We have two daughters Aretha and Peta and two grandsons Reggie and Lenny.
I began working life as a trainee electronic telecommunication engineer although I quickly grew bored with factory alienation, transistors and microchips.
I changed career to become a firefighter. I served the front line in Basingstoke for 23 years. I gained multiple fire service qualifications as a breathing apparatus instructor, a specialist rescue vehicle instructor, a first aid instructor, a driving instructor, a fire safety officer and an educator who visited schools teaching young people about the dangers of fire and how to escape from a burning building. I was a Fire Brigade Union official and organised members, worked towards equality, represented grievances, attended education schools, conferences and took part in meetings with senior management. Sadly, I was dismissed from the fire brigade following a minor health problem,
I changed career to become an event manager. 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, London. We produced multi media events across the world for the British Council and other institutions and organisations. I have managed and directed large productions for diverse organisations, companies and festivals. Including Glastonbury and the United Nations (ITU) in Geneva where I was responsible for a million Euro conference production budget.
I was a part time lecturer at Salisbury Art College. I was a lead tutor for BBC Blast. I have delivered ground breaking creative courses to disadvantaged youth for the Princes Trust, Hackney Council, Towr Hamlets, The Naional Portrit Gallery and others.
In 2010 I changed career to work as a Tour and Production manager in the music industry. My “A” list clients have included Wu-Tang Clan, Pusha T, Duke Dumont, Maya Jane Coles, TY, Lethal Bizzle, MOBO, LOTM, Designeer and many others. I travelled to all corners of the globe delivering shows and tours.
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 at this moment decided to back off and create space for my love of photography. Today I consider myself to be a photographer. Occasionally I produce tours and events if an old friend asks and I have enough empty pages in my diary.
I also supply DJ services to West Ham United, this is the best Saturday job in the world.