Finding beauty in darkness, poetry and meaning in the forgotten and surreal, imaginary worlds amongst decay, my artworks breathe life into forgotten historical locations, they reawaken old narratives, find beauty and meaning in their ruin and revive the memories of lost moments in places tainted by the indigenous.
Unseen to the ordinary public who pass their boarded windows and fenced walls, no trespass signs refrain communities from seeing the hidden world within, slowly being claimed back by nature unseen. I find entry to these mystical places hidden to the world and sensitively captures them as a beautiful record, as they deserve to be recorded for posterity too, before they are lost as time rolls inexorably on. I capture the stories and characteristics through carefully composed images, to include the romanticism and memories of the ruins.
In reality these places will cease to exist very soon and as the memories fade, they will be forgotten and although derelict places have no appeal as tourist destinations, their value and place in cultural memory is fundamental to the history of the 20th century. My works also add elements of the surreal and mythology through my Underworld series, these works further take you down the rabbit hole into a world of dreams and the haunting, shadowy passing of time.
I have been a professional photographer since 2006, straight out of my Graphic Design degree, I landed a full time job at a photography studio, where I worked until 2010, during this time I found a love in photographing models in my spare time and doing personal creative shoots, I studied for a year at The London College of Fashion doing a masters degree in Fashion Photography and on graduating at the beginning of 2010 I quit my studio job and became a freelance photographer as a fashion photographer. But it was in 2012 that I found my true calling and started capturing the beauty in decay, using both models and not. Photography is the only job I have had in life, I live and breathe it, it is my true passion and something I will not go one moment without thinking about till the day I die.
Between 2015 & 2018 I will be working on 3 photography series that will all result in, ‘Dark Tourism – The Beauty of Death’ which will run beside my PHD, ‘The Underworld’, which I will be photographing models in abandoned buildings and ‘Orphans of Time’ photographing decay with a secret twist which will be revealed in a published book. All will be shot using a Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 system.