I am London born and raised self-taught photographer. As a teenager I turned my bedroom into a makeshift darkroom. Throughout the 90’s & early 00’s I photographed portraits and sleeve art for numerous recording artists including; Jamiroquai, Blur, Portishead, Victoria Beckham, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, The Pharcyde & Jarvis Cocker… I also worked as a contributing photographer for Esquire, Dazed & Confused, The Sunday Times Magazine and Telegraph Magazine. However, the over-commercialisation of the London music industry eventually became the catalyst for a change in direction, personal and photographic. After several nomadic years, I migrated to Australia. During this time i began shooting long term diaristic projects, culminating in an internationally acclaimed photobook ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ in 2015.

I have exhibited extensively over four continents, notably at the Bibliotheque Nationale de Espana; Benaki Museum, Athens; Delhi Photo Festival; Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires; Encontros da Imagem, Portugal; GuatePhoto, Guatemala; and Les Rencontres d'Arles, France. The Middle of Somewhere won a Lucie Award in 2015, AIPP Book of the Year 2016, and Australian Photobook of the Year - People's Choice Award 2016.

Today from my base in rural Western Australia I make artist books, direct and shoot motion and stills assignments, mentor and run workshops internationally and in Australia.

AWARDS

2019

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australia (finalist)

2018

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australia (finalist)

 

2016

AIPP Book of the Year - The Middle of Somewhere

(Australian Institute of Professional Photographers)

 

Australian Photobook of The Year - People's Choice Award - The Middle of Somewhere

 POYi 73 - Best Photography Book - The Middle of Somewhere (finalist)

International Photography Award Emergentes dst - Encontros da Imagem, Portugal (finalist)

Athens Photo Festival – Photobook Exhibition - The Middle of Somewhere (finalist)

2015

LUCIE AWARD - The Middle of Somewhere / Ceiba Foto Publisher of the Year

Les Rencontres d'Arles Photobook Award - The Middle of Somewhere (finalist)

GuatePhoto Photobook Award - The Middle of Somewhere (finalist)

2014

Head-On Mobile Phone Prize, Australia (finalist)

2013

Acquisition Prize - Bunbury Biennale, Western Australia

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Australia (finalist)

2012

Book of the Year - 36th Annual Galley Club Awards - Postcards from Home

Australian Book of the Year - 36th Annual Galley Club Awards – Postcards from Home

Momento Pro - Portrait Photobook of the Year - Life Underground (finalist)

2011

Australian Photobook of the Year Award – Postcards from Home

Hangers Choice - Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Australia

Head On Portrait Prize, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia (finalist)

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

2018

The Middle of Somewhere - PhotoVisa International Festival of Photography, Russia

 

2015

The Middle of Somewhere - Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand

2014

The Middle of Somewhere - Angkor Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia


The Middle of Somewhere - Guernsey Photo Festival, Guernsey, UK

WORKSHOPS & TEACHING

2020

Visit India - 12 Day Photo Tour

 

2019

Portfolio Reviews - Ragusa Foto Festival, Italy

2018

The Photobook Process - Case Study: The Middle of Somewhere - Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photography classes - Stirling Arts Center, Bunbury WA

Finding the poetic in the everyday - Emergence Creative Festival, Margaret River WA

Experiments with water - Northcliffe, WA

Creative Photography for All - Bunbury Summer School

2017

The Photobook Process - 3 day version - One-on-one Mentor, Balingup, Western Australia

Landscapes & the environment - Bridgetown, Western Australia

2016

Experience India - 10 day workshop: South India

Get Loose - 5 day workshop: Danish School of Media & Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark

Get Loose - 2 day workshop: Bitume Photo Festival, Lecce, Italy

Get Loose - 2 day workshop: Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal
 

Get Loose - 2 day workshop: Auckland Festival of Photography at Kingsize Studios, Auckland, New Zealand

Get Loose - 2 day workshop: Bridgetown Camera Club, Bridgetown, Western Australia

Portfolio Reviews - Auckland Festival of Photography

2015

Experience India - 10 day workshop: India

Experience Bali - 5 day workshop: Ubud, Bali

Get Loose - 3 day workshop: Delhi Photo Festival at Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts & Communication, Delhi, India

Portfolio Reviews - Delhi Photo Festival, India

Get Loose - 1 day workshop: Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2014

Experience Bali - 5 day workshop, Ubud, Bali

2013

Ubud Bali - 5 Day workshop - Nyepi Celebrations

Balingup Medieval Carnival - Weekend Workshop

Weekend Workshop - Pemberton Photographic Club
 

2012

Himalyan 5 Day Documentary Workshop

 

David Alan Harvey Master Class, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia - Guest Speaker / Presentation of Postcards from Home

Balingup Medieval Carnival - Weekend Workshop (together with Claire Martin)

Head On Photo Festival - Portfolio Reviews

FotoFreo, Fremantle, WA, Australia - 5 Day Documentary Workshop (with Claire Martin)

2011

Delhi Photo Festival - Portfolio Reviews

2011-13

South West Institute of Technology,

Bunbury, WA, Australia. Lecturer, Photography Cert 3, 4 & Diploma level

2011-18

Personal One-on-one mentoring

 

 

2010

Network Warren Blackwood, WA, Australia - Workshop - Introduction to Photography for People with Intellectual Disabilities


 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Ragusa Foto Festival, Sicily, Italy - The Middle of Somewhere

2018

Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires, Argentina - The Middle of Somewhere

2016

Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal - The Middle of Somewhere

Bitume Photofest, Lecce, Italy - The Middle of Somewhere

 

2015

Ballarat International Foto Biennale - The Middle of Somewhere

2014

Guernsey Photo Festival, Guernsey, UK - The Middle of Somewhere

2012

FotoFreo, Midlands Railway Workshop, Perth, Australia - The Middle of Somewhere

 

2011

Delhi Photo Festival, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India Postcards from Home
 

Head On Photo Festival, Global Gallery, Sydney, Australia – Postcards from Home - 2011

TALKS

2019

Ragusa Foto Festival - Sicily, Italy - 'London to the Bush'

2018

Festival de la Luz - Buenos Aires, Argentina - 'London to the Bush'

Emergence Creative Festival - Margaret River - 'London to the Bush'

Shoot Workshops, Perth - 'London to the Bush'

 

2016

Auckland Festival of Photography - Studio One Toi Tu, Talking Culture Series, 'My Journey to The Middle of Somewhere'

2015

Delhi Photo Festival - 'In Conversation' with Phillippe Calia

Ballarat International Foto Biennale - In Conversation with Daniel Boetker-Smith of Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale - In Conversation with Alison Stieven-Taylor

2014

Guernsey Photo Festival - 'Transition - from London to the Bush'

2013

National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai, India - Finding Your Photographic Voice, Sam Harris on Authorship

Museum of Sydney - The Future of Photobooks, Forum - Panelist

2012

Auckland Festival of Photography - Auckland Art Gallery - Guest Speaker - Transition - from London to the Bush

FotoFreo & FORM - Divergence / Elsewhere at Midlands Railway Workshops, Perth - Guest Speaker

2011

Delhi Photo Festival - India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, Seminar Talk - Transition - from London to the Bush

Head On Photo Festival - National Art School, Sydney, Australia - Seminar Talk - 'Transition - from London to the Bush'

Head On Photo Festival - National Art School, Sydney, Australia - Group Panelist 'Rock'n'Roll'

Momento Gallery, Virtual Bookshop Launch, Sydney, Australia - Guest Speaker - 'Transition - from London to the Bush

 

BOOK LAUNCHES

2015

The Middle of Somewhere

Bronx Documentary Center, New York, USA


The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK

 

Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia


Delhi Photo Festival, India

Rose's House, Balingup, Australia

INSTAGRAM TAKEOVERS

2018

PH Museum

 

2016 

Feature Shoot - Childhood Everyday


2014 

Burn Diary


2014 

Feature Shoot


2013 

The Photographers' Gallery, London - Home Truths exhibition / Digital Content
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney, Australia

 

2016

Photo Espana - The Best Photography Books of the Year  - The Middle of Somewhere - Biblioteca Nacional de España

Athens Photo Festival, The Photobook Exhibition - The Middle of Somewhere - Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece - The Middle of Somewhere

Australian Photobook of the Year: The Middle of Somewhere - Photobook Melbourne, Melbourne,

Momento Pro Gallery, Sydney Maud Creative

Brisbane Australia, H.R. Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga

2015

Les Rencontres d'Arles Photobook Award Exhibition, Arles, France - The Middle of Somewhere

GuatePhoto Photobook Award, Finalists Exhibition - The Middle of Somewhere, Guatemala

2014

Photoville, Here in the world - Voices of the Instagram Community, New-York, USA

MOPLA, Instagram Jam, Los Angeles, USA

M Contemporary Gallery, The Genesis Project, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia

Head On Mobile Phone Prize - The Depot Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2013

Delhi Photo Festival, Looking Eastward - An Exhibition of Self Publishing & book dummies - The Middle of Somewhere (Prototype 2)

Bunbury Biennale - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury, Western

2012

Freedom - PIX Magazine, The Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Dehli, India

BURN in Print - Head On Photo Festival, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Birthmark On The Map - Head On Photo Festival- TAFE Institute of Photography, Sydney, Australia

2011

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW, Australia

Pobeda Victory Centre, Birthmark on the Map, Novosibirisk, Russia

Australian Centre for Photography, Head On Portrait Prize, Sydney, Australia

BURN-ed Garden, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA

2010

Over There – Art in the South West , Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury, Australia

SELECTED CLIENTS

Perth

Black Swan State Theatre Company

City of Perth

Curtin University

Delcado Avocados

Lotterywest

MSWA

P&N Bank

RAC

WA Govt. Dept. of Health

Europe

Arista - London

BMG - London

Creation Records - London

Dazed & Confused - London

ES Magazine - London

EMI - London

Esquire - UK

Faema - Milan

Food Records - London

GQ - UK

Heavenly Records - London

Hut records - London

London Records

Motorola - Tel Aviv

One Little Indian - London

Parlophone - London

Polydor - London

Sony Records - London

Talking Loud - London

Time Out - London

Telegraph Magazine - UK

The Sunday Times Magazine - UK

Vintage - London

Virgin Records - London & Paris

Warner Bros - London

BIO

 

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