I’m a writer and photographer. I’ve written for over 40 national and international newspapers and magazines (you can see a list of those, plus more information here). My images have been published in quite a few as well. With photography, I work mainly in editorial, documentary and portrait genres. Some of my projects have been exhibited, others published as books. More recently I have been displaying them as performance art – where photographic images are shown to a live audience while I perform to varying degrees of intensity. I’m not a performer – but am driven to bring photography as an art form to new and diverse audiences. So I use performance, video, spoken word, singing (yes singing) and music to produce a new and unique kind of photography exhibition. These diverse performances are quite good. Very unusual. Memorable. There’s a list of them here.
Also, increasingly I have used video as a platform for new work, either as a way to deliver photography projects or as standalone pieces of work.
In addition to all that arty stuff, I also do more conventional presentations on writing, social media and photography. I even wrote a book called Seriously Good Photography Tips for Camera Phones.
Some of my best work has been developed through commissions. So keep me in mind…
Here (below) is my CV detailing my photography career:
2018 (August): Exhibited The Village Nativity, images from Kettlewell’s community nativity play, at St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell, part of Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival.
2018 (July): Documented Model Village! an installation by artist Emily Speed based at Story Homes’ Waterside housing development site in Cottam, Preston, part of In Certain Places’ (University of Central Lancashire) The Expanded City Project.
2018 (May): Documented Art Zoo at Harris Museum & Art Gallery, photographing five artists – including 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid – engaging in their practice while guided tours allowed the public to watch them working.
2018 (May): Held practical workshop at Harris Museum & Art Gallery for Preston’s College photography students based around the theme of place – directly referencing the theme of Lubaina Himid’s Hard Times exhibition in the museum.
2018 (May-present): Curated and produced a series of one-off performance nights in Preston. Artists included poets Louise Fazackerley and JB Barrington, and performers Jenny May Morgan (Pamela DeMenthe presents: Sticky Digits) and Ruth E Cockburn (Love Letters from Blackpool). Worked closely with artists, venue owners and local organsiations. Feedback: “You’re the best promoter I’ve ever worked with.”
2018 (April-July): Filmed SpareParts performance arts festival in Sandbach (April) Crewe and Fleetwood (both July), produced short films of each event.
2018 (March): Performed multi-media video installation Garry Cook’s The Meaning of Life, a work-in-progress piece commissioned by Derelict for developmental performance art event Derelict Live.
2018 (March): Documented durational art installation Surviving Remnants, an improvised ekphrastic duet and dialogue between moving body and visual art by artists Katie Harling and Claire Doyle at University of Huddersfield.
2018 (February): Documented artist Frances Kay’s installation performance Little Red, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield.
2018 (Feb-May): Exhibited images at Harris Museum & Art Gallery, part of the Preston’s Courtauld’s Connection exhibition, responding to Eugene Boudin’s 1893 painting Deauville.
2017 (August): Exhibited The Christening, images of an Easter Sunday sunrise christening in the River Skifare, Yorkshire Dales, at St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell, part of Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival.
2017 (April): Documented The Birley Residency at The Harris Museum & Art Gallery.
2017 (Mar-Oct): Documented University of Huddersfield and the Arts and Humanities Research Council project Judaica, producing a documentary film of the song-based project.
2017 (Mar-June): Filmed rehearsals and performance of The Bass Ensemble, a dance/music performance. Also filmed sound installation Imponderable Sound Three: Reflections as part of the project. Produced a 30-minute documentary for the project.
2017 (February): Performed Worn at Act-Formance (Blue Rooms, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield).
2016 (October): Produced a six-minute video for Preston City Council about the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, used as part of its bid for Heritage Lottery funding. The video mixes video footage with stills imagery, edited to a pop-music soundtrack.
2016 (September): Organised and hosted a short story slam as part of the Lancashire Encounter arts festival held in Preston.
2016 (July): Directed and launched Lancashire Fringe Festival, held over two nights at Ham & Jam in Preston and featuring several nationally-renowned performance artists including Juliette Burton (Decision Time), Joanne Tremarco (Women Who Wank) and Frances Kay (Sorry).
2016 (July): Produced time-lapse video of pattern artist Bonnie Craig’s work When Is A Star A Star?, a project where the artist collaborated with University of Central Lancashire astrophysicist Professor Derek Ward-Thompson to produce a series of visual interpretations of statistical data.
2016 (May): Performed Outsiders at Manchester Salon NUJ event.
2016 (Apr-June): Held a series of Northern Lights Specialist Workshops in photography, blogging and social media at Media Factory, UCLan for the Northern Lights business incubation unit. The workshops were repeated in the autumn of 2016.
2016 (April): Photographed contemporary performance festival Derelict Spring, producing a pop video of the documentary images, mixed with video recordings of the artists involved.
2016 (May): Performed Worn, a photography-based theatre performance exploring the hidden world of selling used clothing on eBay. Included verbatim quotes read by three performers (at Lumos, Media Factory, UCLan).
2015 (Oct-Nov): Commissioned by Fuel Theatre (supported by They Eat Culture) to produce 10 minute performance piece for the New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood research project, mentored by writer/director Andy Smith. Live art piece Northern World performed at New Continental (Preston) and Media Factory (University of Central Lancashire).
2015 (October): Performed Pub Karaoke Photography Exhibition at Drunken Chorus event Drunken Nights IV at Devonshire Cat, Sheffield.
2015 (October) Performed Outsiders at Unknown Identity at Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester.
2015 (August): Performed Photographing Fags, Freaks and Fighting at Preston Tringe festival.
2015 (May): Performed Central Lancashire Homesick Blues at Cultural Collectives performance festival (New Continental, Preston).
2015 (May): Performed photography project Outsiders as a live-art presentation during Liverpool International Photography Festival (Look15) at Bluecoat. Also performed at Live Wire (53 Degrees, University of Central Lancashire).
2015 (May): Exhibited at pop-up joint-photography exhibition at Anchor Coffee, Manchester.
2015 (May): Exhibited at Women in the City outdoor joint-exhibition at Liverpool One, part of Liverpool International Photography Festival (Look15).
2013: Interactive Newsprint, worked together with people in communities from Preston and beyond to experiment with a brand new technology called interactive paper. Researchers from UCLan, Dundee and Surrey want to find out whether interactive paper could become a really interesting way of telling news stories or giving out information about what’s happening in the local community: and potentially create a new platform for community news. The project ran between 2011-2013. Winner of the EPSRC ‘Telling Tales of Engagement’ grant.
- Appeared at SxSW festival in Austin, Texas (2012 and 2013)
- Shown at news:rewired conference (November 2012)
- Named as one of netexplo’s top 100 global innovations (2012)
- Presented at Unbox festival, Dehli (2013)
- Presented at ICMC Conference, Porto (2012)
- Appeared at BBC’s Connected Communities conference, Salford (2012)
- Exhibited at London Design Festival (2011)
2012 (June): Published book Outsiders, a series of interview and portrait photographs of unique, unusual and misunderstood people. The project covers issues as diverse as sex, war, deviation, racism, religion and train spotting.
2012 (June): Published book Marlboro Nights. Marlboro Nights exhibited at The Continental, Preston.
2011 (September): Women and Alcohol exhibited at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, for Photomonth2011: East London Photography Festival.
2011 (September): Images used as part of University of Northampton’s report The EDL: Britain’s “New far Right” Social Movement, presented at the Populist Racism in Britain and Europe since 1945 conference.
2011 (September): Images from the Bespoke Project shown at the V&A in London as part of the London Design Festival.
2011 (August): Brilliant Blackpool exhibited at FYCreatives, Blackpool.
2011 (May/June): Women and Alcohol exhibited at Baltic Warehouse for Look2011: Liverpool International Photography Festival. Collaborative project with Redeye, The Photography Network.
2011: Began work on a seven-year project documenting a class of 30 pupils at Penwortham County Primary School in Lancashire. Work is produced as a yearly magazine.
2010: Worked on the Bespoke Project, a multi-university two-year project (University of Central Lancashire, University College Falmouth, University of Dundee, Newcastle University and University of Surrey) innovation technology collaboration using insight journalism for community engagement in the deprived areas of the Callon and Fishwick in Preston, Lancashire.
Employing design-led digital technology as a tool in combating social exclusion and injustice, Bespoke used the media to develop a relationship with local residents and designers. My role on this insight journalism project included work as a media connector and evaluator, producing written and visual reports on the progress and effectiveness of the project as it developed.
The encouragement of participation and connectivity were core to Bespoke and led to the community engagement project Participants Utd (2011) which evaluated the impact of creative projects on communities, specifically assessing the traditional working model of participants producing data and academia extract knowledge from it. I contributed to this project, relating my experiences from Bespoke.
2009: Blackpool images shortlisted for the 2009 Travel Photographer of the Year award (Homeland).
2009: Produced images for Sunderland City Council as part of their successful World Cup 2018 Host City Bid. Shot photojournalistic images for Sunderland City Council’s Annual Report.
2009: Images from the photography project Outsiders – which examines how we judge others through prejudice, appearance and ignorance – exhibited at Museum of the People, Deptford, London.
2008: Held training workshops for Trinity Mirror journalists in Birmingham on how to take photographs with mobile phones.
2008 (January): Flashes to Ashes exhibited at Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester.
2008: Completed Masters in Photography at University of Bolton.
2007: Produced book, Flashes to Ashes – a social documentary study on the ban on smoking in public using brash, uninvited in-your-face style images.
2007: From Here To There exhibited at People’s Museum.
2002 October (to present): Freelance sub-editor and picture desk editor (since 2015) for the Daily Star, Daily Star Sunday, Daily Express and Sunday Express.
1996 (to present): Freelance writer. Features written for magazines including 19, Eve, 90 Minutes, Goal, Football Monthly, Total Football, Shoot!, BBC’s Match of the Day Magazine and United Magazine. Regular match reporter for the Sunday Mirror, also contributed articles for the Observer, Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday, The People, News of the World and regional newspaper, the Sunday Sun.