I’m an art photographer who creates staged documentary portraits that deal with gender, class and politics. Underpinning my practice is an investigation into the threshold between how we think we appear and how we are actually perceived by the camera. My exploration of this ‘uneasy’ space has led me to work with a variety of communities such as school themed clubbers, female footballers and former coal miners.
My quietly observed photographs have previously been selected for the Jerwood Photography Prize and the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Prize. I have also been awarded a Pavilion Commission, a National Media Museum Photography Bursary and more recently I was commissioned by The Photographers Gallery to produce a portrait that was included in a major outdoor exhibition, which coincided with the London Olympics. My work is often published in critically acclaimed magazines and is regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally. It is also held in public and private collections.
I studied photography at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and the London College of Communication. I also read Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths University. I hold a teaching qualification and I’m a registered fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In addition to my work as an OCA tutor I’m employed as a photography lecturer at a UK university. I enjoy the distinctly differing nature of the distance learning tutor/student relationship to that of the-to-face lecturer/learner. I also heartily enjoy the challenge of working with the diversity of the distance learning student body.