I have always loved photographs. My mother’s passion for creating family albums was infectious and I would collect all her throw outs to make my own. As soon as I left school I embarked on a trip to Africa with my first SLR – I documented all I saw. Then after finishing my University studies, I left for Peru, yearning to see more of the world. I ended up travelling with a photographer on assignment for 3 months. Our days fell into rhythm with the light – I knew I was on my path. I even had my first exhibition, held in Cusco - Plants from the Botanical Gardens near Machu Picchu.
Visiting some friends near Perpignan, I came across the Visa Pour L’image. Deeply inspired by the strength of the work at this world-renowned photojournalism festival, I returned annually for nearly a decade. Each year it seemed as though the festival handed me a golden ticket – from assisting a National Geographic photographer, to being offered a place at LCP for postgraduate studies in Photojournalism, to being signed to my first agency, Taiga Press in Paris. The pace picked up.
Supported by regular assignments with the Sunday Times Magazine I pursued the life of a photojournalist, and was based mostly in Africa. I enjoyed trips with NGO’s and international magazines, and facilitated photojournalism workshops for the organization PhotoVoice. Between trips, my time was spent in the West Country of the UK, travelling around in my camper van and photographing friends and family.
I fell in love with exploring my own back yard, and the pictures from this time resulted in the publication of my first book ‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams.’ This work garnered multiple awards and attention, including my first commercial agent. I immersed myself in the industry, juggling long-term personal projects with assignments across the globe. Over the next four years, I published four further personal projects with Kehrer Verlag, and between 2011 and 2013 I was honoured to be a member of VII Photo.
My background in Anthropology and Religious Studies combined with a Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism from the London College of Printing have steered me to walk the line between Documentary and Fine Art photography. My first solo show in London was held at the National Portrait Gallery (2010) and I was awarded the Vic Odden Award (2011) by the Royal Photographic Society. My book projects continue to show internationally in festivals and private galleries.
I live in Somerset with my family, juggling longterm creative projects with being a mother. There are many wonderful people around the world whose generosity of both time and trust has enabled my journey with the camera, to whom I am forever grateful.
I am presently represented worldwide by Webber Represents.
Exhibitions and Awards
PhotoVogue Exhibition Milan, 2016
Fix Photo Fair, London 2016
‘Glastonbury Another Stage’, The Whitecloth Gallery, Leeds 2014
‘On the Road’, Organ Vida Festival . Zagreb, 2013,
‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’ Bang Wallop, Salcombe, UK 2013
‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams’ Espace Jorg Brockmann Gallery, Switzerland 2012
‘Somerset Stories’ Focale Gallery, Switzerland, 2012
‘Eight Days’ Noordelicht Photofestival, Netherlands, 2012
‘Somerset Stories’ PhotoAumnales Festival, France, 2012
‘Eight Days’ VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 2012
‘Eight Days’ Recontres D’Arles Book Awards, 2012
Awarded the Vic Odden award by the Royal Photographic Society, 2011
Judges the Taylor Wessing Photographic Awards, National Portrait Gallery, 2011
‘Eight Days’ Coldharbour Gallery, London, 2011
Publication of Eight Days by Kehrer Verlag, 2011
Solo exhibition at the VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York2010
Solo exhibition at Raw Gallery, Australia, 2010
Solo exhibition at Edel Assanti, London, 2010
Publication of Mulberry’s 40th anniversary book, 2010
Solo exhibition, ‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2010 Publication of ‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’, Kehrer Verlag, 2010
Publication of ‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams’, by Kehrer Verlag, 2008
Won the Photographic Prize at ITSPHOTO Awards, Trieste, Italy, 2008
Selected for Portrait Awards 2007, National Portrait Gallery, 2007
Selected for Peek 2007 Awards, USA, 2007
Selected for Schwepps Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, 2006
Solo exhibition of Portraits selected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, 2005
Postgraduate Course in Photojournalism, LCP, London, 1999-2000MA in the studies of Comparative Religion, Anthropology and History of Art, 1994-1998
“Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”, 2008, A five year study of the area I grew up in Somerset, UK
“Glastonbury, Another Stage”, 2010, a seven year study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK
“Mulberry”, 2011, the result of a two year collaboration with the British Brand to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
‘Eight Days’, 2011, An exploration of freedom and the American road trip.
“Notes from Late Summer”, 2015, a diary of a trip to Tangiers, with Elena Prentice and Gustave de Stael.
Adam & Eve, Agence H-ParisAimaq, AMV BBDO, BBH UK, BBH USA, CHI, RKCR/Y&R, DDB UK, DLKW, Fallon, MC Saatchi, TBWA FR,TBWA\MAL, Universal Germany.
(APPLE, Aptiom, Boots, Carex, ERGO, Eurostar, Every Mother Counts, Fairtraide Foundation, Fruitshoot, George Asda, Haagan Das, HSBC, Joie, Kronenbourg, Lipton, Lloyds, Mulberry Ltd, McCain, PNC, L’Occitane, Roger Vivier Ltd, Sainsbury's, Sony BMG, Temperley Ltd, Vaseline, Vodafone, VW).
125, 6 Mois, American Vogue, British Vogue, Departures Magazine, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Le Monde, Marie Claire Italy, MSF (Doctors without Borders), New York Magazine, Nido, Stern Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, W Magazine, Vogue Bambini.