My practice incorporates multiple mediums which are photography, video, drawing & painting with a symbiotic, collective aim to investigate the wider impact of social issues on an individual’s emotionality & daily existence. The way I conclude aspects of my findings is through expressive portraiture. My topic range has included documenting life in Los Angeles via travelling only across the bus network “Life is Luck”. Alcoholism in the UK, “We Are Disposable”. Junk food in England, “Take Away Dreams” & the current series focused upon gambling & betting shops in the UK, “Safe Bet”.
My aim, whether holding a camera or picking up a paintbrush, is to examine different environments & the context where I find people simply trying to achieve something in daily life.
The recording of these unassuming split seconds, usually photographically allows me to reinterpret people’s emotions later on, even heightening certain aspects I find worthy of closer attention. People’s faces & expressions act as a window into how and what they might be feeling in the present moment. This has always greatly intriguing me & encourages to direct a viewer’s attention empathetically towards these shared emotions displayed by the people I capture. I hope to ignite curiosity about all types of people and the life they lead, whilst allow enough space for one’s own interpretation.
To steer the viewer towards a view that isn’t fully divorced from a real life context, I often use found objects like consumer packaging & crushed cans instead of canvas, so to provide a physical & cultural backdrop to the subject matters I depict, which has been an ongoing thread throughout my work.