I have always had an appreciation for brands who make and manufacture within the United Kingdom and keep it that way.
My intention with this project is to celebrate brands in Britain who stay true and authentic to their place of birth. In a world where so many consumer products are manufactured overseas in order for their mass production and profit, it's possible to lose the quality and the connection to the brand's heritage.
These photographs are portraits of people who work inside the brands - the ones you never see, but without them the brand would not be who they are. The whole project was shot on medium format cameras to emphasise the rawness of the imagery.The shoots
Fatherhood and the breakdown of the family unit continues to be a sensitive subject regardless of ethnicity or class. This is due to the "bad press" which tends to be portrayed regarding young fathers predominately of working class backgrounds and in particular the black community, which tends to lead to a narrative of men being poor fathers resulting in the abandonment of the family unit.
Of course such facts are true across any social hierarchy and which of course have catastrophic effects on the children involved but in some communities the issues of drug abuse, gang membership, under-achievement at school and teenage pregnancy can't be ignored.
This story is to highlight a collective of fathers in the “hood” who are shaking of this stereotype. Travelling the length and depth of London's most deprived areas, the objective is to depict these urban heroes in their own environment, to celebrate minorities who are doing the right thing by their off springs despite their difficult backgrounds and social restraints.
Their learning curves have been far from auspicious, from jail time to living in Shaolin temples to eventual entrepreneurship, they have transcended the bad to embrace the good despite their often broken relationships with the mothers of their children.The shoot
This is a project working with PH7 Wellbeing, an organisation changing the way we treat mental health.
The phrase ‘you never really know what someone is going through’ could not be more relevant today. This project wasn’t just about taking photographs. All the people you are about to see have been on an emotional and difficult journey. They ventured back in their minds to memories of their worst points in life, the dark places they never want to revisit and their deepest secrets that can make even the toughest of people shed a tear. I wanted the images to be real, raw, emotional and most of all authentic.
These are people you meet in every day life. I aim to take you behind the facade of society only showing us what they want us to see, we never really know what people are going through, and these images show real emotion. These people are not actors.
We hope this campaign will encourage the nation to ‘Think Twice’… because when you see someone in the street, or ask a friend how they are – you don't know what they are potentially struggling with. We hope it creates conversation, allows people to know they are not alone, helps people to speak out and for anyone going through a mental health problem – we hope this gives you hope, that one day you too can come out the other side.The shoot
I have always loved sport, having grown up in a very sporty family. Competing at a high level in rugby and swimming in my younger years, I can understand and relate to the amount of intense training that an athlete puts in, at all levels of competition. After finishing a game, race, fight or training session, the body can be in a state of exhaustion and yet some level of euphoria also.
‘Faces of Sport’ is a series of portraits of diverse athletes photographed against a simple background to emphasise the subjects. During the few minutes after activity, whilst they were still in the state of exhaustion meeting euphoria, I wanted to capture their emotions, their eyes and the expression of how they were feeling in the form of their bodies.
I wanted to capture this fleeting moment, before their minds took over and they connected back to their realities.The shoot
My objective with this project is to depict the beauty of the practice of yoga, in the hope it inspires and encourages.
I attended my first yoga class with an open mind, but with some resistance as I used to train mainly by lifting weights combined with cardio exercise. But I came to realise that although I found the classes very demanding initially, I was becoming increasingly more flexible and stronger overall. More and more men are incorporating yoga into their fitness programmes and this project celebrates that.
The added bonuses of yoga are feeling an improvement with respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems but the main benefit for me, is my overall sense of wellbeing which I find most helpful when dealing with the stresses of everyday life.The shoot