Much of my photography has been centred on the town of Blackburn, Lancashire, UK – the town I grew up in over 40 years ago. My archive dates back to the mid-1990s and reflects my interests in the town’s communities and industries. Today, my photography is a socially engaged practice, drawing from other philosophical paradigms such as slow. I graduated from the Newport School of Documentary Photography in 1999 (University of South Wales). Currently undertaking a practice-based PhD programme, my work is a socially engaged photography practice, applied within towns across East Lancashire.
My photography has been exhibited at several UK and international venues, including; Chapel Gallery (Lancashire, UK); Clitheroe Castle Gallery (Lancashire, UK); Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery (Lancashire, UK); Kunstammlung-Neubrandenburg (Mecklenburg, Germany); PRISM Contemporary (Lancashire, UK); St Ethleburga’s (Bishopsgate, London, UK). I have also presented my photography and research at several UK conferences including; Centre for Doctoral Research Annual Conference (2017); British Textiles Biennial (2019); Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (2018); National Festival of Making (2018); The Talbot Collection Conference (2017). My most recent published work emerged from an Arts Council and Forestry England funded research cluster, SelfScapes, in 2020 (link) – I am also a member of the organising team for the SelfScapes 2021 research cluster. Whilst working as an editorial photographer in Cardiff, UK – between 1999 and 2002 – my photographs were published in several UK national newspapers. Additionally, I carried out commissions for organisations such as Bell Pottinger, Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (CBAT) and S4C. Between 2015-2020, I was a Trustee for the Agnes Eccles Award for Arts (link).