I am a documentary and portrait photographer based in Montreal, Quebec.
I grew up in the countryside of South West England and moved north to study Psychology at The University of Leeds. In London I began working in documentary research and then photographic publishing. I studied photography at Photo Fusion in Brixton under Paul Ellis and afterwards assisted a number of photographers including my mentor Laurence Dutton. Together we worked on projects for Getty Images and other clients for three years.
My photographic practice developed and I collaborated with refugee organisations in the U.K. to tell the stories of asylum seekers. I spent the next decade shooting abroad whilst running my photography studio in London. Collaborating with NGOs I created projects for Coaching For Hope, South Africa; WIZO, Israel; Sandblast, Algeria; Medical Action, Myanmar; and more recently in Canada, Clowns Without Borders and For Our Children Montréal. I also record sound and interviews which I incorporate into some of my projects.
I was cinematographer on the documentary feature film Rire, about a humanitarian clown changing the lives of children around the world. The film’s director and filmmaker, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and I, fell in love. To shoot the film we moved our lives to Montreal where we now have two young beautiful children who inspire us every day. We continue our photography and filmmaking projects in Quebec and abroad.
My work is driven by research-led, self-initiated projects. I try to reveal personal stories with compassion, authenticity, power, and poetry.
My projects include Demo-crazy: images and audio recordings reflecting the political unrest and uncertainty in Myanmar; Devil’s Garden: a series of images that reflect on the external geographical landscape and the individual experience of the Saharawi people in exile in Algeria; and Deuxième Salon: photo essays about individuals creating healthy communal organic grass roots lifestyles. I have been a long distance runner since I was a teenager, and over the past few years I have been running with my camera, developing an on-going photography series called Shoot And Run.
Awards: 1st place, Institute Imago’s International Portrait Photography Awards 2020. Honourable mention, L.A. Photo Curator: ‘This Land is Your Land’ curated by Dianne Yudelson, 2021. Two images from “Flashes of light” chosen as 2020 Top 40 Images Submitted to L.A. Photo Curator and N.Y. Photo Curator. Honourable Mention, ND Awards 2020 International photography contest for the series ‘Even When it is Grey We See Further Now’ in the category People: Portrait category. Short-listed for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize in 2011 and 2015. Selected for The Portrait Salon in 2012.
I have shot campaigns for The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Penguin Books, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Red Consultancy, Second Movement Opera, and designer Sindiso Khumalo. I have produced work for record labels including Reclaimed Goods and Inch Time Records.
My work has been published in Dodho Magazine:
Lenscratch, Covid Pictures, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Tatler, Sunday Mirror Magazine, Coven Magazine, ManOn Magazine, The London Paper and Journal Metro amongst others
I balance independent projects with commissions from charities, NGOs, commercial clients and private individuals.
I am co-founder and project director of studio de grand-pré collective.
Format International Photography Festival 2021, Waves of Exposure group show curated by PARC/The London College of Communication.
Festival Des Sens, 2021, group show.
‘Love, and Loss, and Resilience’ group exhibition, SxSE Gallery, Georgia, USA, 2020
FORMAT’s Mass Isolation screening at The Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand in June 2020
‘La Recolt’, solo exhibition, L’Espace Public, Montréal, 2017
The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery. Group exhibition, Tokyo, 2016
The Portrait Salon, group exhibition, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London 2015
‘Africa’s Last Colony’, 100 Years Gallery, London 2015
‘The Footballers’ with Sport is Beautiful, KPMG, London 2015
‘Bukiwe’s Story’ Photo film screening, Freedom Games launch, Johannesburg, 2015.
‘The Devil’s Garden’, solo exhibition, The Forge, London, 2014
‘The Footballers’ FOFI, Bristol, 2014
Women In Sport Exhibition, London, 2014
Coaching for Hope Exhibition and screening, Hogan Lovells, London, 2014
The Portrait Salon, group exhibition London, 2012
‘Moving The Goalposts’ group exhibitions, UK tour, 2012
‘The Footballers’, Wembley Stadium, 2012
‘The Footballers’, Epitaph Stadium, Manchester, 2012
‘The Footballers’ Lanchester Gallery, Coventry exhibiting during the Olympics 2012
Act For Darfur, group exhibition, London, 2008
Selected Group Show, Photofusion, 2003