As a documentary and portrait photographer I tell stories. I explore peoples’ diverse realities and experiences. Each image is a response to a genuine and intimate connection with the subject. I am deeply drawn to what makes us who we are and I try to embrace that in all its ugly beautiful brilliance.
My last exhibition was entitled La récolte / The Harvest. The photos represented a hop harvest with the microbrewers from L’Espace Public, www.lespacepublic.ca, who make choices empowering local community values, economies, and natural resources.
This exhibition is part of a larger project I’m working on that focuses on the efforts of people who enrich lives and nurture the foundations of a healthy society.
Photography has taken me around the world, into communities and into people’s lives. Among my photography projects, Demo-crazy are images and audio recordings reflecting the political unrest and uncertainty in Myanmar, Devil’s Garden are a series of images that reflect on the external geographical landscape and the intimate internal perspective of the Saharawi people in exile in Algeria, and Coaching For Hope is a series of portraits of girls in South Africa involved in the charity’s project of using sports as a vehicle for change and providing girls and young women with confidence and knowledge they need to help overcome life changing obstacles. Among many commissions and personal projects I have also photographed countless weddings around the world.
One of my on going projects is entitled Shoot & Run and is a collection of photos I have taken while out running since I have lived in Montréal. Running is my escape, my meditation, my exploration, and I’ve been doing it since I was 15 wherever I am. The side streets, the back alleys, the country tracks and paths less travelled are where I run and where I photograph. I love the immediacy, the freedom, and what I learn about the environment I happen to be in.
I was twice short-listed for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize in 2011 and 2015, www.united-kingdom.taylorwessing.com.
I studied under Paul Ellis at Photofusion, London, U.K., www.photofusion.org, and assisted a number of photographers including first assistant to Laurence Dutton for three years.
I graduated from the University of Leeds, U.K., in Psychology, 2002, and simultaneously began working in documentary research and photographic publishing.
I balance independent projects with commissions from charities, NGOs, commercial clients and private individuals. My partner, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and I run Studio De Grand Pré