Statement

Born in the north of England in 1990 to a part Anglo-Indian family in an area suffering from Thatcherite coal mine closures and the first collapse of industry since the Industrial Revolution, I was moved from the collective crisis of the north to the more affluent south coast. Growing up in a small fishing village, I developed an intimate fascination with the sense of identity enjoyed by native folk. This sense of outsidership denied me the comfort of belonging but nurtured a need to look beyond the sleepy streets of suburbia and question further afield.

I became obsessed with the sense of home that’s often so absent within, despite the political gestures of citizenship and nationalism. In 2009 I studied a BA(Hons) in Photography at the University of Hertfordshire receiving a First Class Honours Degree in 2013. Somewhat more influential than my syllabus, the experience of university doused me in an intoxicating slurry of love, freedom and youth culture, where I would venture with friends to London and we’d lose ourselves within club culture and nightlife, changing my world view as an artist beyond the confines of student life, an experience that I now understand is shared by the likes of Tillmans, Gursky etc.

In 2012, after interning with Ryan McGinley trained photographer Sarah Naim, I spent a month living with a friend in Manhattan, travelling by road through Connecticut and Upstate New York. The work I produced here proved incredibly formative. I returned to the United States in 2016, conducting a photographic road trip through Southern Texas, further developing my practice in the land from which it belongs.

Despite my largely industrious approach to image making, I conceptualise my subject matter from an emotive perspective, confronting my own feelings of longing, heartbreak and elation within the process. This emotive connection is aided by the more meditative approach of 6x7 medium format film cameras. My aesthetic is informed by the work of Gregory Halpern and Paul Graham.