I met and photographed elders in Maasai Country, Kenya where Help Age International is working to ensure that the needs and rights of older people are recognised and addressed through policies, legislation and programmes. More than half of those aged over 60 live in absolute poverty and are often responsible for the care of orphans and vulnerable children. This year 930 people have received a grant or loan and Help Age is striving   to make a secure income in old age a reality. 

A recent editorial commission to photograph sculptor James Matthews. 

"We always remember people who died more than the guys still alive now," says sculptor James Matthews, while chatting about his latest project focussed on veterans of the Second World War.

"It’s not just about heroes, it’s about everyone who was forced into doing their bit." The 31-year-old is sitting amid the creative surroundings of the AB Fine Art Foundry in Langdon Park. We’re joined by a smiling yet silent third guest, a recently-created plaster sculpture of his girlfriend Lizzie’s grandfather and former Spitfire pilot, Warrant Officer Charles Pocock - the first model for his new collection.

The Bermondsey man said it was his own grandfather Jack Matthews, also a sculptor and a Second World War gunner in Bomber Command, who inspired his career and latest idea to create busts of the conflict’s veterans.

He now hopes to harness the measurements and memories of nine further veterans to compile a collection that find homes in military museums.

A selection of press/editorial page cuttings. Print is certainly not dead. 

A black & white photography commission from UCC Coffee to convey how they create the best coffee experience wherever the lovely stuff is brewed.

A commissioned shoot for the August 2014 issue of Healthy magazine saw me photographing some brave ladies who have overcome their biggest fears such as public speaking and arachnophobia. 

An afternoon shooting some street style festival fashion pics with one of my favourite vintage stores in Brick Lane - Beyond Retro - great prices and some gorgeous pieces with a bit of history to be snapped up if you have the energy to rummage around the epic store. Gorgeous floral 1970’s dresses and fringing detail is this season’s festival must haves. 

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