Photographer based in London, UK.
The images on this site are taken from a project called ''Dog''. The project is in the form of multiple small printed photographs that are cut by hand from larger sheets and then mounted into generic sketchbooks using photo corners. The sketchbooks form an archive from which images can be re-arranged, re-curated and reprinted in other guises, as part of the same project.
''Dog'' is made up of frenetically disparate looking images, which ask the same question but from a wide range of vantage points: what does the stuff around us have to do with here-and-now experience?
By virtue of how we become conscious of our surroundings, the data coming into our eyeballs has become so layered with complex pattern play and pattern retrieval/expectation bias, that we are living in a perceptual mess that we are generally unaware of. Only occasionally do we find ourselves confronted with our fallacy, at which point a vague sense of internal conflict pushes us strongly back to our sense of reality as we understand it.
The constant visual bouncing from one idea to the next, firing at the same issue, is a kind of anarchic engagement with this perceptual mess, which we are often unaware of or too distracted with our (often bizarrely arbitrary) instinct of harmony to want to deal with. The strange glue that binds the images, particularly when seen in book form one after the other, becomes the ectoplasm for discussion on visual perception.
Before I took up photography in 2012, I was a sculptor using ceramics (2003-12).
I won an Association Of Photographers award in 2014, and the John Kobal New Work Award at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2016 (where I also got the People's Pick and I was then commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery to produce an image for their Permanent Collection).
I also shoot commercially. Clients (selected): Adidas; The British Museum; Canon; GQ magazine; Ordinary magazine; Wired magazine; Stuff magazine; Virgin; Nationwide; SKY TV; Compare The Market; The National Portrait Gallery. For commercial commissions, I am represented by advertising agent Mark George.
My photographic training is technical and commercial, having worked as a lighting assistant on high end advertising and editorial campaigns for about 30 different photographers.
Models used in some of the images: Lily Wang; Carla Tofano; Harry Alexander; Emma Mills; Alice Panda; Joanna Bird; Jordan James Bridge; Connor Williams; Rebecca Gilhooley; James Barnes; Sanna Kelly.
Two of the images are in collaboration with artist Alex Dipple (with funding from a-n magazine), and ''the dogs are in charge'' is the text/handwriting of friend Chris Bryant.