I recently photographed Bipolar Blogger aka Charlotte Walker for an editorial commission from Healthy magazine which can now be seen in the glossy July issue. Charlotte has had bipolar disorder since she was a child and her Purple Persuasion blog charts her experiences of living with a mental illness. 

Sushi masterclass at Billingsgate Seafood Training School with Silla Bjerrum the managing director of Feng Sushi. The key is in washing the rice 16 times. 

A recent swimming themed editorial shoot for The Wharf fitness & health section at London Aquatics Centre/Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is now open to the public. 

 

Meet Michael. He is a man on a mission to support his family and educate others in his community by growing crops on a small patch of land and collecting water containers to sell at the local market in Thika. I worked with Help Age International to visit Thika - the district has one of the highest HIV infection rates in Kenya - a third of the population is estimated to be living with HIV. Nearly half the town’s residents live in abject poverty and this number is on the rise due to unemployment and the impact of HIV. Help Age is transforming the livelihoods of older people and the children in their care by teaching them skills and giving them start-up grants to start their own businesses.

A recent project saw me combining my photography, writing and journalism skills to create a magazine for The London Coffee Festival. As editor of the title I interviewed leaders in the artisan coffee industry, wrote features and produced photography to produce a colourful and engaging mag that was distributed to coffee shops across London. And drank copious amounts of coffee in the process.

I was back for another early morning at Billingsgate Seafood Training School to photograph retired fishmonger Ken Condon and his shellfish workshop. Partial to a winkle and cress sandwich or two, there is nothing this man doesn’t know about crustaceans, molluscs and Cephalopods. The class got to grips with crab, lobster, langoustine, octopus and a very inky cuttlefish. 

I spent a lovely couple of days shooting in the sunshine at Riverford Farm and Organic Dairy for an NGO campaign to positively promote pasture based dairy farming. The 800 acre mixed farm set is in the beautiful South Hams area of South Devon and its double cream is delightful. I also had the pleasure of photographing the on-site Riverford Field Kitchen that uses the farm’s produce to create scrumptious organic dishes.

Early morning editorial shoot at Billingsgate Seafood School.

Feathers in Hyde Park, London

My photographs of wonderful accessories from LONDONAIROBI were featured in this month’s inflight magazine for Kenya Airways - Msafiri. The brand supports, promotes and retails the most innovative independent African accessory designers. See more at www.LONDONAIROBI.com

Kamiti Bridge Estate in Kiambu, Kenya is where I sampled the best cup of coffee I have ever tasted. The family run coffee farm produces organic Arabica beans that taste intensely smoky and smell like tobacco. It was super to see the origin of what’s in my coffee cup, the vibrant coffee cherries, the work ethic of the farmers and delicious produce that makes those sleepy Monday mornings more bearable.

Spin x LCF at The Yard, Shoreditch - a Christmas urban bike show for the cultured coffee loving cyclist. Beautiful bikes, artisan coffee & food and lovely, creative people all under one very cool roof. Can’t wait for next year. See more photos at https://www.facebook.com/alwaysmaketeainapot

"One person is more precious than the whole world". Euphrasia Women’s Centre in Nairobi houses those who have experienced violent crime, unemployment, incidents of rape, domestic violence, abandonment and child neglect. The centre provides temporary shelter and vocational skills training such as sewing and cooking. The girls proudly show off their creations such as purses and bags made from colourful reclaimed fabrics. They learn how to become independent business women, giving them a sense of worth and hope for the future.

I made a journey to Kitengela Hot Glass - distinctive in spirit and design, not only are they off the grid in terms of electricity but they’re located on the edge of Kenyan wilderness, a 40-minute drive from Nairobi on the bumpiest roads known to mankind.

They produce original hand-blown glass works that are 100% recycled, inspired by the pragmatism of the Kenyan jua kali (hot sun) artisans who  make shoes from tires, stoves and lamps from old cans, using discarded items to make needed objects.

A truly beautiful place. My wonky wine glass and imperfect gin tumblers stand pride of place in my London kitchen.

It’s so satisying to see my work in situ on billboards in South Sudan. I wish I could travel back out there to see them up close.