Sikhs who have been through the Amrit Ceremony of initiation, or Amrit Sanskar, become baptised Sikhs, take new names, and wear the 5 Ks.
In Sikhism, the Five Ks are five items that Guru Gobind Singh commanded Khalsa Sikhs to wear at all times in 1699. They are: Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (a wooden comb for the hair), Kara (an iron bracelet), Kachera (100% cotton tieable undergarment) (not an elastic one) and Kirpan (an iron dagger large enough to defend oneself).
The Five Ks are not just symbols, but articles of faith that collectively form the external identity and the Khalsa devotee's commitment to the Sikh rehni "Sikh way of life". A Sikh who has taken Amrit and keeps all five Ks are known as Khalsa or Amritdhari SikhThe shoot
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