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:
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, to be 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, and gave talk about diverse ways to make money as a freelance journalist.
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, at Media Factory, UCLan, Preston). Piece includes verbatim quotes read by three performers.
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 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). A second work, Central Lancashire Homesick Blues, was performed as a one-off at Cultural Collectives (New Continental, Preston).
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 Photomonth 2011: 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 (July): Part of Participants Utd, evaluating participation and connectivity within community engagement projects and assessing the traditional working model of participants producing data and academia extracting knowledge from it.
2011 (May/June): Women and Alcohol exhibited at Baltic Warehouse for Look2011: Liverpool International Photography Festival. Collaborative project with Redeye, The Photography Network.
2011 (January): Launched the Love Town photography podcast, a monthly video promoting documentary photography in Britain and around the world.
2011: Began work on a seven-year project documenting a class of thirty pupils at Penwortham County Primary School, in Lancashire. Work is produced as a yearly magazine.
2011: Published illustrated children’s book Albert the Pug and The Dog Thief.
2011: Published 6×9, a documentary photography photo book consisting of six projects made around the world. Subjects include Bethlehem, religion, Christmas, India and Smoking.
2010: Images produced for the University of Central Lancashire, University College Falmouth, University of Dundee, Newcastle University and University of Surrey on the Bespoke Project, a technology led initiative in Callon and Fishwick estates in Preston, one of the most deprived areas in Britain.
2010: Published a set of 12 documentary Christmas cards depicting the true meaning of the festive season in Britain (shopping, partying, eating, drinking).
2010: Part of Lightbox, a photography development programme developed by Redeye Photography Network.
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: Outsiders images exhibited at Museum of the People, Deptford, London.
2008: Began research and preliminary interviews for series of portraits and interviews with extraordinary and misunderstood people called Outsiders which examines how we judge others through prejudice, appearance and ignorance.
2009: Produced images for Sunderland City Council as part of their successful World Cup 2018 Host City Bid. Shot documentary images for Sunderland City Council’s Annual Report.
2009: Shortlisted for the 2009 Travel Photographer of the Year award (Homeland).
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.
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: Completed a Masters in Photography at the University of Bolton, UK.
2007: From Here To There exhibited at People’s Museum, Manchester, part of a week-long workshop with photographer Tim Smith.