I am a freelance photographer and visual artist currently based in London, UK. I use this blog as a place to show work-in-progress, images from recent commissions, exhibition details, and other random bits and bobs.
Timing had it that soon after returning to work post having twins I was approached by the founder of the new company Otti and Liv - a brand and online shop for all things twin related - to see if I was available to take some marketing and stock photos for the company. As my life is currently somewhat twin-centric, I obviously jumped at the chance (plus who wouldn't say 'yes' to photographing cute babies, wearing super stylish babygrows?!)
The shoot took place last month at a weekly twin club at Walthamstow Toy Library. Here is a sneak preview of one of the images (and some of the lovely Otti and Liv babygrows)...
Emma McGarry has been working as Lead Artist for the Special Schools Preview of the New Tate Modern which took place on June 16th 2016.
As part of the programme I was invited, as one of eight artists, to collaborate on an exchange, the outcome being a series of new learning resources, for use on the day and from now onwards.
Emma and I have worked together before, both as individual artists, and as artist collaboration KEEM.
For our Tate exchange, we compiled a list of words that connect our two
practices. We then individually compiled a 'mix-tape', with each song
relating to one of the words, before sharing them with one another. From this exchange, the following resource was created: Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL.
Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL
devised by artist Emma McGarry through an exchange with artist Kate Elliott
Devised by Emma, the Special Schools Preview
- known as A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y - included a manifesto proposing YOU CAN HAVE
IT ALL. On the morning of June 16th 2016 the doors to the new Tate
Modern were thrown open to 3000 school students from across the
UK as its first public visitors.
On arrival at Tate, groups of school students were given one of the eight artist learning resources, each of which relates to a specific collection of works within the building. Our resource - Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL - connects to the Louise
Bourgeois Artist Room in the new Switch House extension of the Tate
Modern, where groups of students created their own 'mix-tapes', in response to chosen Louise Bourgeois artworks.
Alongside the resources, special events and activities ran throughout the day, and the soundtrack of our above exchange was shared through a silent disco. I wish I could have been there on the day to see!
I have been photographing the construction of the new UBS headquarters at 5 Broadgate for coming up to five years. As a starting point, below is a shot taken during my first shoot, in August 2011, just before demolition of the previous building began, and a shot taken in May 2015 when the exterior of the new building had just been finished.
I have just been sorting through some images in my archive and came across this project that I shot almost 10 years ago. The images feel very relevant to what I am currently working on so I thought it was timely for a post.
images were taken during an Amateur Boxing Association try-out in
Thame, Oxfordshire. These boys start out young – as young as five –
and in their pursuit of boxing are bound in a close-knit community.
There is a huge pressure to succeed, but within the ring this macho
passion contrasts with the boys’ youth and vulnerability. It was
this contrast, that I was interested in exploring in my
Last weekend a group of young performers, in collaboration with choreographer Freddie
Opoku-Addaie, presented a dance piece developed using The Photographers’
Gallery’s camera obscura. A Siobhan Davies Dance youth
commission, this piece was performed both within the darkened space
of the camera obscura and in the public square outside the gallery.
Below are a few images I took during the performance - Darkened Room: What do you see?
I may be a day late but yesterday's National Poetry Day came as I was busily working to a deadline for a job I did last weekend for Writers' Centre Norwich, during which I photographed a day long symposium titled Translation in the Margins, at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. My ears always seem to switch off when I am taking photos, but the snippets I did catch sounded really interesting.
I was also asked to take a few portraits during the day. The image below is of Writer and Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward who did a live reading from her self-published book bone. (I have since ordered myself a copy from Amazon!)