- Fine Art PhotographyUsing a range of camera-less methods and often working on a large scale, the works aim to provoke a sense of awe and ambiguity. The natural world plays a common motif, attempting to conjure particular moods and feelings of an object or place. My ongoing series ‘Europa’ explores unfamiliar and otherworldly landscapes that could perhaps be mistaken for the icy surface of Jupiters smallest Gaillan moon. Whilst the images resemble these barren lunar landscapes, in reality they have been created in a darkroom using large format film, a selection of minerals and compounds found throughout the solar system and the intervention of light. The use of such minerals and compounds, namely; salt, water and ice means that the process is indexically bound too Europa itself. Being that the icy surface incases a ocean of salty water that lies below. The works intend to provoke a dialogue and encourages audiences to question the process and reality of what they are looking at. Includes images from THUD exhbition at The Old Truman Brewery, London in June 2017.
- People Of MadagascarMadagascar’s first settlers came from southeast Asia 2000 years ago. They were soon joined by migrants from neighbouring Africa and the Arabian peninsula. This melting pot of Indian Ocean populations evolved into distinct kingdoms, only becoming unified in the 18th Century after much resistance. This new-found unity could only last so long and in 1869 the French invaded taking the island as their own, a title they retained for over 60 years. This was sufficient time to influence day to day life. Since then, the islanders have been bumped from one violent leader to another. Currenty, Madagascar remains one of the poorest countries in Africa What interested me about the Malagasy people are the vast differences in their appearance, dialect and culture. Around half of the population maintain their indigenous religious beliefs, while others follow Christianity and a minority, Islam. The idea of a mini continent becomes very prominent when traveling around the island. The first chapter of this book is made up of a series of images I took over the period of an hour in the capital, Antananarivo. My approach there was different to that adopted later. Admittedly, it was not always the most respectful, but in a way that I was able to capture intimate moments as I walked through the busy markets and streets. Looking beyond the poverty, there was a real vibrance and atmosphere that I set out to capture. My journey then took me to the northern most tip of the country. I stayed for 6 weeks on the very small volcanic island, Nosy Komba. The isolation there means that many of the locals have never set foot from the island. There is no electricity supply and fresh water is supplied from a small river at the tip. It’s a very simple ‘Mora Mora’ (taking life slow) way of life. The lives of the local communities revolve around the land, making herbal remedies from some of the 70 medicinal tropical flora. Crafting pirogues from trees, techniques passed down from generations, each family creates their own unique variation. The duration of my stay there meant that I was able to really get to know the people and surroundings, their initial feeling of hostility towards the camera quickly passed as I gained their trust. Back on the mainland I travelled 800km by road from the tropical eastern rainforest to the dry deciduous forest in the west, noticing yet more diversity in traditions, culture, beliefs and ethnicity. Passing many nomadic tribes and observing very different methods of home construction that rely on timber as the most abundant natural material from their location, I was constantly reminded of the integral part that nature plays in the lives of the Malagasy people. Driving across the barren landscape it was hard to visualise a time where dense primary forest once stood. This potentially unsustainable practice may now be moving beyond the point of redemption.
- Wildlife Of MadagascarMadagascar is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the south eastern coast of Africa. The Island spans 144 million Acres making it the fourth largest in the world, so big that it has been nicknamed ‘The Eighth Continent’. The country is divided by a band of mountains separating the tropical rainforests along the eastern coast and dry deciduous forests along the western coast. Madagascar has extremely unique biodiversity due to its separation from Africa 165 million years ago. This hotspot is a living example of species evolution in isolation. 89 percent of its plant life and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on earth. These indigenous species have fascinated scientists for centuries. More than 600 new species of flora & fauna have been discovered in the last decade. Despite its wealth of wildlife and natural beauty Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. The Malagasy people have learnt to live off the land which also often provides their only means of income. Locals practice ancient techniques of ‘slash and burn ‘agriculture, destroying large sections of forest and scrubland at a time. Since humans settled 2000 years ago a staggering 90% of the original forests have been lost. This extensive deforestation and clearance of land for crops means that the future of Madagascar’s wildlife is uncertain, this Indigenous paradise is in danger, with many species on the brink of extinction and many yet to be discovered. A recent report stated that Lemurs (also endemic to the island) are the planets most threatened species. 91% of the 101 lemur species have been recorded endangered, with 20 percent critically endangered. As deforestation and habitat fragmentation persist, so does soil erosion and sedimentation of coral reefs, leaving communities more vulnerable than ever. With its rivers running a deep red, staining the surrounding Indian Ocean, astronauts have remarked that it looks as if Madagascar is ‘bleeding to death’. Throughout this photographic journey I aim to highlight the breathtaking beauty of Madagascar’s fragile ecosystem, viewing it’s wildlife from an animals perspective.
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Assistant AnimatorMaven Arts Ltd
Assistant Animator, Gallery Manager, Assistant Curator & Photographer and Cinematographer for 'The Danger Tree' - the worlds first augmented reality fine art exhibition which has been touring the country since June 2016.
London, United KingdomFreelance
23 Commercial / Publicity shoots for Artists, Musicians & Athletes including; Billy Ocean, Ella Henderson, Leftfield, The Noisettes, Gabriella Cilmi, Ryan Kent (Liverpool FC), Jamie Chadwick (GT4 Racer).
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- Adobe Editing
- Art Direction
- Directing Film
- Gallery Management
- 120 Film
- Documentary Photography
- Editorial Photography
- Music Photography
- Wildlife Photography