beauty & the beasts series
Conservation of endangered animals is important and I understand the need for some animals to be kept in captive environments, however I visited a wildlife park in 2021 where Gibbons were sat in an empty field devoid of nature and stimulation. Knowing how intelligent Gibbons are I wanted to give them a more interesting habitat, so transported them to a wildflower meadow alongside beauty, animals and insects.
SURVIVING CHRONIC ILLNESS series
I contracted meningitis at the age of 26, nearly died and was bedridden for a decade. Following the lockdowns of the Covid pandemic, many people asked me how I’d coped with living alone and being confined to one room for ten years when they could barely manage 3 months and this series shows my response.
‘Courage’ to charter unknown seas
‘Hope’ that tomorrow’s dawn will be brighter
To come to terms with living in a sea of ‘Loneliness’
‘Tenacity’ to survive during your darkest days
And blind ‘Faith’ that you will one day recover.
International Photography Awards nominee 2022
BLOOD SPORTS series
Living in the countryside, I often sit in the quiet of the evening listening to the pop of guns as landowners have “fun” shooting the local wildlife. It wounds my soul to think about beautiful, defenceless creatures going about their lives and suddenly finding themselves mortally wounded, often leaving young behind to starve to death. How would we humans feel if the tables were turned?
Fine Art Photography Awards nominee 2022
Solitary Confinement series
We keep pets so that we will have companionship, but in order to assuage our own loneliness we condemn most pets to a life of solitary confinement. We remove them from their families, peers and natural communities. Take away any interaction with members of their own species, or force them to live with members of a different species or tribe. Imprison them in tiny, cramped, artificial environments and deny any form of natural expression. We break their spirits and impose our human will and we call this “love”. I wonder if we ever consider life through their eyes?
Fine Art Photography Awards nominee 2021