ABOUT ME & MY KIT
I was born in 1971 in Chatham, Kent, UK—the town known for the Royal Dockyard that built and launched the HMS Victory. My parents raised me in Gravesend, Kent—the resting place of Native American Pocahontas—where I attended school until the age of sixteen. Just before my seventeenth birthday, I began my career in London working for an asset management company with my elder brother.
At the age of twenty-one, unsettled and in and out of different jobs, I decided to travel solo to South-East Asia and later to North America with friends. This paved the way for my love of travel. My travels have taken me to almost every continent with the exception of Australia. During this period, I spent nearly five years living and working in Spain, eventually returning to the UK after separating from my wife. I remarried in 2012 and began to develop a promising career in financial regulation. However, plagued with mental health issues and a tempestuous relationship with alcohol, I eventually fell afoul of the law, thus bringing my career aspirations to an abrupt halt. This was the wake-up call that I needed, and in October of 2014, I made the life-changing decision to stop drinking alcohol…forever.
This change saw me hungry for a new creative passion, whereupon I soon reconnected with my lifelong interest in photography. This new creative direction, coupled with my dual fascination with street life and the human condition, saw my distinctive work quickly recognised. I have spoken openly to the media about my battle with mental illness and alcohol dependency and about how this battle nearly cost me my life.
In December 2015, I published my first street photography book, Pulse, with all profits donated to the registered mental health charity, Mind. One year later I published Being Human, bringing together a compilation of my finest work whilst questioning our own human characteristics and the meaning of being human.
My latest endeavour took me to Nepal, where I volunteered to teach English in a monastery to young Buddhist monks. This was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in my interest in Buddhism, witness Nepal's diverse culture first hand and document it using my passion for photography. My latest book, A Peace Of Nepal, showcases my incredible experience, with all proceeds from the sale of this book donated to help the young Buddhist monks of two monasteries in Kathmandu, Nepal.
OLYMPUS TRIP 35
D.ZUIKO 40mm 1:2.8
I rarely shoot with film, but when I do I use the stylish Trip 35 (pictured, circa 1983). Over ten million of these cameras were sold between 1967 and 1984, undoubtedly helped by the 1970's advertising campaign that featured popular British photographer David Bailey.
You may well be thinking..."who does he think he is - David Bailey?"