Biography

I am a photographer based in Coventry, UK, with an interest in social documentary, visual sociology, portraiture and events. I aim to portray working class life in a progressive way.

I am the founder and production director of the London Street Photography Festival. In this role I champion young people and under-represented minorities.

My work has been published in newspapers (Daily Mirror, The Guardian, etc), magazines (Firefighter, Red Pepper, etc) and online (BBC, Love Music Hate Racism, Hope Not Hate, Philosophy Football, SWTUC, etc).

I am studying for a BA (Hons) Photography at Coventry University.

A photographic trip to Myanmar – taken by my good friend and world class street photographer Maciej Dakowicz 

Background

I was born in Lambeth, London. I moved with my family to North West Hamsphire as part of the “London Overspill”. I married my childhood sweetheart Cheryl. We have two daughters, Aretha and Peta and a grandson Reggie.

I began work life as a trainee electronic telecommunication engineer.

I grew bored with microchips and changed career to become a firefighter. I served my community on the front line in Basingstoke for 20 years. I was also a breathing apparatus instructor, driving instructor, specialist rescue vehicle instructor, first aid instructor, fire safety officer and an educator who visited schools teaching young people about the dangers of fire. I was a Fire Brigades Union rofficial and organised members, represented workplace grievances, worked hard for equality, attended education schools, conferences and took part in meetings with senior management. Sadly, following a minor health problem, I was dismissed from the fire brigade.

I switched career and became an event and production manager in the creative industries. During the late 1990’s I was the producer of the legendary pre digital multi media collective Raya. We held down a three-year residency at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. We produced multi media events for the British Council and other organisations across the world. As a production manager and event producer, I worked on some large complicated productions for various organisations, companies and festivals. Including Glastonbury and the United Nations (ITU) in Geneva where I was responsible for a million pound production budget. During this time I was a part time lecturer at Salisbury Art College. I was the lead film making tutor for BBC Blast. I delivered ground breaking informal creative courses for young disadvantaged people with the Princes Trust, Hackney Council and others.

In 2010, I switched career to work as a Tour/Production manager in the music industry. My “A” list clients included Wu-Tang Clan, Pusha T, Duke Dumont, Maya Jane Coles and others. I travelled extensively delivering tours and shows to every corner of the globe. I was based in Beverly Hills, California, working with G.O.O.D Music, 360 Management and Rocnation. I had climbed to the top of my profession and at this moment I decided to take my life long love of photography more seriously.

Today I would consider myself to be a photographer. However, occasionally I produce tours and events if an old friend calls and I have space in my diary.