This website is a portfolio of my photography since 1990. Images are available for sale by mail order. I am available for comissions and I am looking for exhibition space for 2012.
My aim as a photographer is to look for hidden or unusual beauty and also to explore pattern and light. I am particularly in interested in moments that can be experienced but can’t easily be described or explained. In science there is a saying that to limit the world to the explainable is to deny the unexplainable. This is my philosophy in photography. I have a science background, I studied Geology, and the themes of earth science influence my work, from the colourful slides of rock thin sections and creating maps, to interpreting patterns in rock with respect to time, evolution and dimensions in space.
Geology is a synthetic subject and I view the earth as a dynamic whole, a 3 dimensional jigsaw puzzle in time and space, which I try to thin slice into an image. I make no distinction between humans or animals, nature or the urban; they are all part of a synthetic dynamic whole which forms a pattern. The pictures are not photo shopped; I believe that fact can be stranger than fiction.
Just as it is not possible to know both the position and the speed of an electron, I do not aim to create a definitive conceptual construction for each photograph, I agree with Walter Benjamin’s maxim that the work of art should be open to multiple interpretations and futures.
I was born in Birmingham in 1968; I studied Geology at Southampton University and worked in gold exploration in Zimbabwe. From 1990 I travelled widely in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa, living in Taiwan, Melbourne, Prague, London and Cornwall. I have worked variously in the refugee field, in ESOL, photography, art and worked as a chef. I am a co-owner of Chantek Asian Fusion restaurant in Truro Cornwall. I am currently based in London and Cornwall and variously in Andalucía, Luxembourg and South East Asia.
Please contact me for prices and sales info. Photographs available as limited edition signed prints, in variety of sizes and formats delivered to you anywhere, Also as posters / canvas / acrylic / diptych / triptych / post card, calendar set and more.
In addition to solo shows of my work, I have specialised in educational photography project for people with little access to education or resources.
I worked with Bosnian refugees in the Nyrsko camp in the Czech Republic during the war in 1994. Refugees in the camp were often on the receiving end of a journalist’s lens, so my project set out to teach young refugees to use a camera and document their environment. The resulting pictures were displayed in the exhibition ‘exodus of souls’ which toured the Czech Republic.
In England I continued to work in refugee holding centres, running photography projects at the Thorncliffe hotel centre in London, setting up a mobile dark room, and teaching refuges how to photograph their environment and to learn print their pictures on the spot and keep them.
Between 1999 and 2001 I was curator of Redgate Gallery, an experimental arts and performance space in Brixton, London. During this time I curated over 40 exhibitions of art, photography, sculpture and multimedia.