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. Art photography continued when I freelanced 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.
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, often along with photographs. For commercial clients I shoot an under a minute piece for instagram which enables me to tell their story quickly. Animation is also another way sell an idea or product but some of my most rewarding video has been working for the soup kitchen in Newbury. Its difficult to keep a distance, not to show faces and yet get their story across. It is these challenges which keep me excited by the work I do.
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