I am a photographer, multimedia artist and creative educator, largely known for my documentation of London and its music culture. My activity includes talks, workshops and installation.
My photography engages with themes of music, community, home, environment, multiculturalism and youth-culture. While it is rooted in a documentary tradition it also occasionally plays with the fragility of vision and memory through the use of soft focus, glitch and physical manipulation of prints and polaroids.
Much of my work today is involved with contextualising the work I made around 2005 of the early Dubstep and Grime scenes in London. I sometimes work with archives like Youth Club Archive and am interested in the wider subject of how music and it’s cultures are visualised.
In 2018 I exhibited an installation titled “Who Wants A Rewind?” at Tate Modern (curated by Stance Podcast). This included a projection of documentary images of London dance-floors circa 2005 alongside images of South London where a lot of the music at that time originated. With a live recording from the seminal club night FWD>> played through a sound-system, the overall objective of “Who Wants A Rewind?” was to transport the audience back to an important time in UK underground music history. The installation was a comment on the importance of music venues, sound-system culture and community.
My 2010 series The Nous-Nous Diaries documents the friendships of a group of Nannies from the UK, Germany and Australia working in a wealthy Paris suburb. As well as touching on themes of community, home and identity, the series makes comparisons between youth and adulthood.
Most recently I have found inspiration from nature; reflecting on for example, the way in which humans can learn from plants about migration, diversity and borders or lack thereof. I am also interested in the meaning and symbolism that different human cultures have attributed to plants throughout time and the way in which plants can be photographically presented and arranged to represent thought and emotion.
I continue to photograph musicians and artists and dance floors.
Locations: South East