About

Since graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1988, I have worked as a documentary photographer undertaking personal projects and portraits and features photography for various magazines including Observer Life, Guardian Weekend and The Sunday Times magazine as well as a wide range of commissions and residencies nationally and internationally.  In 2004, I completed a M.A. in Photography at De Montfort University, Leicester.

As a photographer, I have a particular interest in different landscapes and the way they are shaped by human activity.  Working closely with communities and individuals, my work explores people’s relationship to the environment.

My most recent project Hand to Mouth explores the lives of villagers and nomadic shepherds in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. As I walked from village to village, following cart tracks and footpaths through hay meadows and orchards, I spent time with the villagers, documenting seasonal activities surrounding village life and exploring issues of self sufficiency, a way of life threatened by EU enlargement.  Made over a period of four years, Hand to Mouth, was first exhibited and published by Impressions Gallery, Bradford in Autumn 2007. Images from this project were also published in 8 photojournalism in June 2005, Frankfurter Rundshau Magazin (Germany), in 2006, Daylight Magazine Issue #7, Agriculture in 2008. Hand to Mouth was also shortlisted for the Descubrimientos PHE Award at PhotoEspaña in 2006.

Previous projects include Moor and Dale, which was exhibited and published by The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate and shown at various venues in the UK including Hereford Photography Festival, 2004.  Lamb, commissioned by The Culture Company, was shown at Impressions Gallery, York, in 2000.  Eat Better, Eat British received an Honourable Mention in the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and was shown at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France in 2000.

Between September 2006 and May 2008 I spent two six months periods in Vietnam working on a new project looking at domestic labour in the suburbs and villages in and around Hanoi which will be exhibited at The Mercer Gallery in Harrogate from 5 September to 8 November 2009.  Images from this project were published in Portfolio, Contemporary Photography in Britain #48 in November 2008.

My work draws attention to observing details which we usually let slip by unnoticed and aims to contribute to the ongoing debate about the changing nature of rural life.

I am represented by the Klompching Gallery in New York and am currently artist in residence at Newby Hall, a private Georgian family home in North Yorkshire.  I will also be artist in residence in Jyväskylä, Central Finland in early 2010 as part of Connections North, International Residency Exchange Project organised by Art Connections.

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