I’ve been thinking about all the unfinished business there is when somebody dies suddenly. There are the things that you planned to do together that you’ll never do, there are the possessions loaned or given that sit in both your homes, there are the conversations that you wanted to have but never got the chance and the conversations that you want to have now and never will get the chance. There are things in the post between you, unanswered emails, un-viewed links, un-lent books and articles, un-shared music, un-told stories. There are the presumptions that you’d made, the things you were sure you’d witness, the things you were bound to help each other with. There are the old resentments you never aired and new one’s about them leaving so suddenly.
I watched The Damned United on my own on the night of your funeral, it was great, I kept turning to the sofa to tell you what I thought, it was supposed to be for us to watch. I came out of an interview and thought ‘that was insane, I’ll phone Tim, he’ll find it hilarious’, I’d stood on the same spot and spoke to you a while back, this time I just imagined the conversation. I’ve been imagining a lot of conversations between us lately, I wonder what you’d make of things, football results, news, some strange goings on in my life. I still haven’t told Ricky that you’re dead, I don’t know why, I should do that soon. I left a message with a stranger to tell Ivan which felt wrong but I didn’t know what else to do. I’ve got no one to text when Brentford score and no one texting me to watch Benefit Busters on ITV or Banged Up Abroad on C4. You’ve still got my spare keys.
I have a show coming up in December at:
I plan to make new work using a kind of psycho-geography approach to Islington where the space is. Having such a tight deadline to work to has really got the energy rushing back into me and I feel really excited about this show, only my second outside of Byam Shaw and my first solo show.
I was asked to do an interview for Planetphoto’s blog.
Read it here
This is what I’ve been working on since graduating from Byam Shaw School of Art in July:
London From the Hip
This series came as a reaction against trying to frame the perfect photograph; instead I began ‘shooting from the hip’ without looking through the lens. Whilst still making the photographic decisions, this enables chance to get much more involved which interests me greatly. This technique also enables me to capture moments in a way that I had found frustratingly difficult for some time. The height of the camera gives a sense of seeing from the child’s eye, where everything juts out towards you or towers above you.
Many of them are shot in Shepherds bush where I have lived for a number of years. In a way they are a tribute to the struggles, routines and moments of relief, which make up the lives of its residents and those of Londoners as a whole. The photographs come from a place of huge affection for this part of the city and its people.
See the full series here
UK hip hop outfit Diversion Tactics asked me to design the artwork for their new album ‘Careful On The Way Up’ which is due out at the end of the year. You can find them on Facebook
As part of the Slow Down London festival I documented some of the events using slow film and traditional darkroom processing and printing, attempting to capture the contrast between the events and the speeding passers-by.
See the slide shows here:
Tai Chi Moves
Big Slow Walk
Part of my degree show at Byam Shaw… This image filled a rather large wall with the intention of creating a sense of vertigo.