I am a photographer, content producer and educator, currently based in Hastings. I am known for my photograph's of London and it’s music culture and for her events and blogging. My activity includes talks, workshops & participatory projects, and installation. My work engages with themes of music, community, home, environment, multiculturalism and youth-culture. I have exhibited an installation titled “Who Wants A Rewind?” at Tate Modern (curated by Stance Podcast), had a solo show on Carnaby Street and group shows in London, Bristol, Sweden and NYC. My work has been published in places like Vice, Red Bull Music, Dazed, FACT and The Guardian. I frequently lecture and speak on Youth Culture, Photography, Grime Music and Event organisation at places such as UCLA LCC, Anglo Educational Services and DV8 Sussex. In 2018, I was invited by Youth Club Archive to talk about my music photography and related culture at the V&A and has previously participated in a UCL Urban Laboratory Workshop about creativity in the suburbs. My seminal blog Drumz Of The South was established in 2004 as a means to sharing photography, interviews and other information about South London music & culture, with an emphasis on the then newly emerging Dubstep scene. Seen and read by thousands of people around the world, the blog contributed to the growth of Dubstep from a small suburban music scene to a globally recognised genre. I frequently work on photography and visual communication with record labels including Keysound Recordings and Souljazz. I have written articles on music and culture for print publications in the UK, Portugal and France. I have facilitated community Photography, Photoshop, video and t-shirt making workshops for Deptford based charity Artefacts with under 16’s, Over 50’s and young people not in education or employment. From 2012-2015 I ran a community-focused cafe and venue programming a diverse range of music, art and ecology events, exhibitions and workshops with local artists, makers & groups as well as the wider community. This included an annual concentrated weekend programme of music, art and film as part of The Crystal Palace festival. Other public and participatory projects include Mapping The Palace - a project mapping local’s memories of Crystal Palace at a time of change in the area, The Free Cafe - a mobile cafe facilitating & recording on street conversations with the public about public space and an exploration into alternative economies via a bartering event. I have been a guest and/or featured on Radio Primavera Sound talking about my relationship to London music, harkaran.com, Time Out London, BBC Collective Sound of Dubstep documentary and Le Cool and consult on subjects such as photography of Pirate Radio Stations and zines and one-off publications about underground music. I am currently working with Youth Club Archive to ensure that the best of my music documentary work is publicly archived and as an independent photographer and artist locally and nationally.Locked Pro Plan feature
- Event, Portrait and Editorial Photography in Hastings, London and anywhere with a good story or great people. - Mostly on location, with musician's and music producers, singers, artist's, creative business owners, record labels, publication's and event promoters. - Concept formation or art direction. E.g - I help clients to work out what how they want themselves or their music/art to be represented and then we go about making that happen. Also: - Licensing images from my extensive archive of photography about the early Dubstep, Grime & Drum n Bass scenes & alternative images of London. - Selling prints via my online store - Updating my Squarespace website with new work and blogposts - Pitching stories to publication's or writers with a view to collaboration - + the everyday, unglamorous side of Photography which includes admin and accounting. Client's include: FACT / Vice / RBMA / The Guardian & Observer / BBC / The Times / The Village Voice / Art Forum / Qvest / Dazed & Confused / Converse / XLR8R / Time Out / Shoes Up / Tsugi / R.A / Knowledge / Groove / Taz / Trap / Hyperdub / Burial / Souljazz / Tempa / DMZ / MoS / The Society for Curious Thought / UCL Urban Laboratory / Caught By The River / Ashes57 / LAVA
Visiting Practitioner on the BA Graphic Media Design Course at LCC - supporting a module about Grime and Photography & it's related event at Corsica Studio's.
Music related photography and words.
Continuing to use photography, I learnt how to think and work conceptually with narratives. Experiments with sculptural photography, Polaroid, video and installation.