Having obtained my BA in photography I worked at Christie's auction house for many years, combining my passions for the art world and the technical side of lighting in photography. It was an amazing experience, from working in Paris on the Rudolf Nureyev collection, to making sure the colours were accurate for Holbein's Lady with a squirrel as a 10x8 transparency. This has been the grounding for all the work I did after leaving to freelance. Art photography continued when I worked for the Public Catalogue Foundation (now Art UK) We photographed all publicly owned oil paintings in the UK, from Fire Stations to Museums and onto to the Oxford University Colleges. A Pevsner in oil paintings.
I am extremely lucky to do a job which I love, working with beautiful collections and creative people. I use the same working disciplines in fine art as in all of my photography, be it portraits or flowers. Lighting is key for me, be it in the early morning for a garden shoot or creating painterly effects in my studio with flash and photoshop. The publishing world has been kind to me and I've taken on several jobs for writers which has led me to do my own project, 'Writers in Lockdown'.
It is only since working on my MA 2018-19 at AUB that I have realised my use of lighting in portraiture comes straight from the old master painters. Techniques I used for my series on video gaming addiction. My botanic pieces have often been described as watercolours, and now my portraits as oils.
Video works have also become important for clients (Little Park Flowers), as too Drone photography for landscape gardeners. Small marketing pieces all under a minute for instagram, longer for websites, this has enabled me to tell more of a client's story, which I edit with music. Animation (the Real Macaron Company) is also another way sell to an idea or product.
Some of my most rewarding work has been working for the soup kitchen in Newbury. It's been a challenge to get their information across without showing any personalities in a sensitive and sometimes volatile environment. Their work and help for others goes beyond most human behavior.
Video, Stills, Drone work, it's the diversity of my work which constantly gives me joy.
2020 - Honorable Mention - Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and exhibition Barcelona (2021) - Supper at Emmaus, Video Gaming Addiction
2019 - Masters in Photography AUB - distinction - Best In Show