My interest and work in photography covers a broad area but is increasingly focusing on curation and designing educational projects. Since 2011 I’ve been the photographer in residence at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, a role that allows me to explore the connections between my own photography and the work that I curate.
My Surface Tension series of photographs exhibited in 2011 and I’ve recently finished Here, again, a book of poems and photographs produced in collaboration with writer Angelina Ayers and artist Thomas Mann that will be exhibiting in 2013. A second publication of Finding Lost Time is in development, a curated project that started as a blog in 2009, subsequently leading to a book and series of exhibitions featuring the work of 46 new and emerging photographers from around the world.
My teaching has covered Photography, Cultural Studies, Design and Visual Culture, Film Studies, Graphic Design, and Media and Leisure Industries, and I’ve designed and delivered modules and courses at a number of universities and colleges. I’m also one half of Picture This, a community interest company that designs and delivers creative educational photography projects. Most recently we undertook Look Againwith the Children’s Hospital Charity, Sheffield. The resulting exhibition at the Hospital’s Long Gallery features 70 photographs taken by children ranging from the very young through to teenagers.
I’ve been involved with the OCA since spring 2012 and as well as my work as a tutor I’ve curated a show on their behalf featuring the photography of Tanya Ahmed, one of the College’s students. Seeing students’ careers moving forward like this is one of the many rewarding aspects of working with the OCA.