When South Place Hotel invited me to display my photos in their private members club, I could have curated a selection of work from my existing catalogue and proudly handed over a ready-made exhibition. But where's the fun in that? Instead, I decided to set myself a challenge. I'd develop, produce, shoot and hang an original series of work, specifically with the venue in mind – in just 4 weeks.
'SYRUP' is all about colour and gloss, filth and stickiness. It's about decadence, about deliciousness... and my love of hotdogs. The exhibition has two 'sides'. Side 1 is so brash it makes your teeth itchy. An antedote to Side 1, Side 2 is still and clean and calm. A palette cleanser, if you like!
'Is it covered in sauce? Is it really sweet? Aye. I'll have one.'
Make-up is by Sadaf Ahmad and styling is by Clare Nicolson.
When I'm not photographing people (or products), I'm quite often photographing food.
Not only do I love food (because it is tasty), but I am fascinated by the science of cooking. With just colour, light and my camera at my disposal, I get a kick out of making a dish look as good in a photograph as it smells, feels and tastes in real life.
I have undertaken a whole host of food photography commissions for a range of very different chefs and restaurants – editorial, digital advertising, print advertising, brand hero imagery, publishing.
It's weird. When people ask me what type of photography I do, I always answer, 'Portrait photography'. But given that I don't specialise in just one type of work, I'm not sure why this is always my go-to answer! That said though, when I do get the chance to photograph people, something special happens. I enjoy the process. I enjoy interacting with the person in front of me and I get a kick out of revealing that one expression, that one interpretation of a face or a body that might never have been seen before.
Sometimes I'm ducking around a film set with a sound blimp-covered camera capturing stills. Sometimes I'm developing and producing promotional imagery on location or in the studio. Sometimes I'm doing something that lands somewhere in between! I've fulfilled a range of different briefs from the likes of C4, E4, BBC, ITV and from independent production companies.
TV work keeps me on my (tip)toes.
Wrong Island Communications is an independent record label based in London. I'm involved with Wrong Island in a number of ways - mainly as Art Director (Brand) and Content Creator. I develop creative ideas for sleeve art work and manage all styled product photography for e-commerce site, WIUNLTD.
It's such a pleasure to work collaboratively with artists to hit upon the visual idea that will go on to represent their music. Everyone appreciates good cover art!