Originally from London, and based in western France with my family for the last 15 years, I am completely bilingual and my identity is proudly European. Personally speaking, I have found this mix of cultural experience greatly enriching. Professionally, my Anglo/French duality has been valuable in working for multinational companies, such as Arcelormittal, Easyjet Traveller & General Electric.
My initial photographic outlook was social & documentary-based and I was the recipient of the Jury prize in the David Hodge Memorial award, organised by the Observer for a project on steam railways in North Wales. I pursued this reportage path, working with the Refugee Council during the 1990’s, documenting those arriving in the UK from wars in Somalia, Sri Lanka and the Balkan states.
Alongside, I worked for a number of government departments, notably Health, COI and Foreign Office, and was commissioned to take official portraits of members of Tony Blair’s first 1997 cabinet.
Since my arrival in France, I have carried out editorial work for such titles as Le Point, Nouvel Observateur and Capital, and pursued corporate and industrial assignments for a variety of clients such as Banque Populaire, the Congress of Notaries, Airbus, Alstom and Man Diesel.
In parallel with these commissions, I have developed my own personal projects and exhibited these pictures as part of art festivals in Nantes. My creative drive is most deeply felt in my love of Street Photography, the challenge of capturing beauty and wonder, in the everyday existence that surrounds us. I have had the pleasure of teaching this over the last 10 years to local enthusiasts, and am now offering more in-depth Workshops to amateurs and professionals alike, in both France and the UK.
I have also been privileged to teach photography to Graphic Design students for over a decade and this experience, coming into contact with a young generation of creatives, with their own visual language and tools of communication, has increased my understanding of the role of photography today.
My interest in photographic culture and the Arts in general are an essential part of my make-up. I’m an avid collector of books and magazines, visitor of exhibitions, and follow trends on social media. My formal university background gave me the skills and curiosity to write about my experiences, and I enjoy the pleasure of sharing these thoughts on my Blog.