I'm a photographer and filmmaker based in London. I receive commissions from a diverse range of clients and I teach and facilitate workshops in photography and video for schools, charities, galleries and private groups. After an interview about my self marriage ceremony unexpectedly went viral, I was interviewed for TV shows in 5 countries and for radio and print across the globe. My learning from this experience and my commitment to self-compassion and self-love greatly influence the work I produce.
I'm passionate about using still and moving imagery to communicate ideas that inspire individual and social transformation and I'm committed to empowering people by capturing their stories, their beauty and helping to develop their creative skills. I have a particular interest in helping people who have issues around body image and believe that photography is an excellent way to shift unhelpful perceptions of the body. My private portrait commissions and workshops often utilise therapeutic techniques - an approach that I describe as "seeing with care" - and I continue to research and explore the structure and interpersonal dynamics within a photoshoot.
I'm available for commissions including portraiture, photography tuition, event documentation and a range of video work. I'm also happy to come and speak about my recent Self-Marriage and the ensuing media attention.
My creative practice has taken me to the greenest bits of the city and the darkest bits of the countryside.
I've created images in:
Residential care homes, a skyscraper, a school prom, wrestling matches, dance shows, the Mongolian parliament, nudist beaches, factories, sexy dinner parties, Indian rooftop rituals, banks, bedrooms, bathrooms, yachts, Bulgarian gypsy cobblers, Olympic park, rubbish dumps, youth centres, weddings, the back alleys of London, wild moors, nuclear power stations, Bermuda, homeless shelters, forests, abandoned castles, trains, planes and automobiles.
I would like to thank all of the brave, beautiful people who have allowed me to show their pictures on my website. I would not be able to share my vision so widely without your support.
2007 MA Photography, University of Bolton with Dalian College of Image Art, Liaoning, China
2004 BA Hons Visual Performance, Dartington College of Arts
2016 Portraits of Aphra - Body Dysmophic Disorder Conference London, UK
2016 “Golem” Exhibition The Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany
2016 ISSP Final Exhibition - Kuldiga Art House. Kuldiga, Latvia
2015 The Viner Gallery, Wolverhampton Grammar School (Solo Exhibition) UK
2013 “En Plein Air” SSh Women’s Store, Hoxton (Solo Exhibition) London, UK
2010 The Goethe Institute, Riga Latvia
2009 ISSP Final Exhibition - Ludza Cinema Hall, Latvia.
2009 Europe & Asia - A Dialogue of Cultures, Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russia
2009 “Everybody” Cole & Co Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2008 Open 08 Group exhibition, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK
2008 “Big Skies” Multimedia presentation, The Lowry Gallery, Manchester, UK
2008 “Professional Mongolian Women” at Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2008 New Perspectives: Photography From China and Mongolia, Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton
March 2017 - Arts residency at Ricklundgarden with Nordic Summer University, Sweden
August 2016 - Artist in Residence at Art As Research Conference - Wolverhampton University
March & April 2009 – Residency with The Mediterranean Centre of Photography, Bastia, Corsica
2017 Talking Bodies Conference
2017 Nordic Summer University
2016 Presentation for The Give and the Take by Tim Etchells - Tate Modern
2009 Westminster University - China Studies Seminar
2007 Photography in Mongolia - Mongolian Television and Radio University
2017 - Portrait Photography - Theory, Process, Practice - Conway Hall
2017 - Photography Self & Other 1 day workshop - V&A
2016 - Producing the Self 2 Day workshop - Tate Britain
2016 - Seeing Ourselves Workshop - Wellcome Collection
2016 - Wild and Out of the City - A Group Photographic Adventure
2011 - Photography tuition for BBC Radio producers
2010-2012 Various photography workshops with young people in East London for ELBA
2008-2011 Various photography workshops with young women at Parkhouse Hostel
2010 House of St Barnabas, Soho - Photography for The Life Skills Programme
BBC Radio Comedy funded short film about a poet recovering from a heroin addiction
National Theatre Wales - Branches: The Nature of Crisis
Dorkypark - Forest: The Nature of Crisis
Jagonari Centre - 45 Oral testimony videos for local Bengali women
Elba - Promotional videos for CSR Programme
Viridian Housing - Promotional film
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