SOLO PUBLIC ART SHOW: 'AN ODE TO: THE BRITISH TELEPHONE BOX'
A selection of these images from this series exhibited at Dereham Place, Shoreditch, London EC2. Showing street side in a new public space and art platform called 'Outside The Zone' (OTZ).
On the streets of London, 'The British Telephone Box' stands battered and beaten; a disused relic from our recent history, still used by a small minority but mainly forgotten. Photographed on a google pixel phone 'An Ode to: The British Telephone Box' is an ongoing project documenting the last few still standing. This is my visual poem.
SOLO SHOW: THE FILM COLLECTION
This series was exhibited at Boxpark Shoreditch and Croydon
The Film Collection' is a body of work taken between 1999-2005. During this time, I was an editorial photographer working for style and music magazines - The Face, Sleazenation and Q, here in London.
Looking back, I guess we were lucky; magazines were paying photographers a day rate and covered our film processing costs to travel the world to shoot artists and youth culture. The digital camera was in development, but we were all still shooting film. The internet was in its early stages so there wasn’t much research happening. As photographers, it was an exciting time to be sent abroad and document a far away youth scene or artist and be expected to come back with the goods.
I’ve always been interested in the importance of documentary photography, and, with the passing of time, how powerful photography becomes in a historical context.
SOLO SHOW: 'BLOODY CHUNKS' - THE VIETNAMESE UNDERGROUND METAL SCENE
This series was exhibited in 'The Antiques Street Gallery in Saigon, Vietnam
(*WINNER* PDN ULTIMATE MUSIC MOMENTS AWARD 2014)
In 2009 Sixty percent of the population in Vietnam were under 30, most living with their parents until marriage. For the Vietnamese youth, pressure to conform comes from all sides - the Communist Government, the state run media and the family unit itself.
In 2010 I went to a free rock/metal gig in Saigon were I witnessed an arena full of teenagers going crazy. The fans passion and energy resonated with me, It reminded me of the punk gigs I first went to as a teenager in the UK in the mid-80’s.
Over the next two years I noticed a breakaway group of bands and dedicated fans were getting into more extreme types of metal music known as – death, brutal, raw and grindcore. These sporadic gigs would take place in 80’s style mirrored disco’s, run down shopping malls at the city’s limits and in peoples living rooms sometimes shut down at the last minute.
As Trung from Saigon grindcore band ‘Wuu’ explains “Vietnamese people are still afraid of this kind of music, black, death, brutal and grindcore is still something that can’t be understood by them”
These impromptu DIY underground metal shows from 2012-2014 form the basis of ‘Bloody Chunks’.