Congregation //  Congregation is a celebration of Southwark’s Aladura Spiritualist African churches and congregations. Often referred to as white garment churches, my images engage with these rarely documented dynamic communities who unite each weekend for Sunday service.  Aladura is a denomination of Christianity predominantly practiced by Yoruba Nigerians, and in the last 40 years has become a ubiquitous part of London life – particularly in Southwark, which has the highest concentration of African churches outside the continent. Congregation observes a rich tapestry of worshippers and Sunday services, which are spoken in Yoruba and form a key social meeting point and place of cultural solidarity between African Londoners.  Congregation asks questions about how individuals find collective identity and power within subcultures, and how cultural practice is assimilated into modern global contexts: traditional dress, food and customs rub up against modern technology and fashion, while devotional interiors colorfully fill the hidden, often industrial space that churches inhabit.  My images engage directly with individuals through collaboration, posed portrait sessions and photographic workshops which serve to empower and engage with members of each congregation and their faith. Mixed in with naturalistic images of men, women and children, these stylized portraits highlight the performance of identity and communality that underpins religious practice.  Congregation was published by  Loose Joints  in 2019. Edition of 700, 30 colour & 25 duotone plates, 106 pages, hardcover with embossed silk cover, 17.5 x 22.5 cm, £27.00
  Wefts & Tracks //    ‘Wefts & Tracks’ is my latest on going personal project and   was featured within an editorial for The Financial Times Weekend Magazine. I have been working with journalist,   Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff   to reflect the stories of the bubbling community of afro hair salons on Blenheim Grove, Peckham in South-East London, one of the capital’s most diverse communities where many of the salons have been thriving since the 1990s.     There is no getting away from the importance of hair -   for centuries black women have been battling with the pressures of Eurocentric beauty standards, straightening and taming their hair in ways unknown to most white people.     But the significance of the salons extends beyond beautification and a place to work; they act as impromptu community centres, babysitting venues and everything in between. Above all, they provide a sense of belonging at the centre of daily life.     Friends pop in for cups of tea and coffee, salesmen display their wares to unimpressed laughter, and hairdressers bop to dancehall or languidly watch their favourite Nollywood dramas as they wait for clients, In some of the more informal premises babies crawl around the floor; voices are raised in languages and accents from all over Africa and the Caribbean and gestures replace speech as clients are moved from mirror-fronted styling chairs to washbasins where creamy white chemical straightener is rinsed out before it begins to burn, or newly plaited braids are dipped and sealed in steaming pots of boiling water.    Now a plan to relocate some of the     salons in the name of regeneration is causing controversy...    Coming soon.
 Dented Pride //  Published by Ditto Press in collaboration with LAW Magazine. Supported by Carhartt.  Edition of 200, September 2016.
 Gypsy Gold //   The lives of horses and Travellers have always been strongly intertwined going right back to their very origins as Travellers. Whilst nowadays modern caravans have largely replaced the traditional horse and cart, the horse still remains an integral part of the Travellers’ DNA.     The main calendar events of the Traveller world are horse fairs, where horses are traded, girls search for husbands and family and friends from far and wide reunite. It was through this window that I was able to   capture the nuances that comprise this colourful aspect of their culture.   My shoots took me to regional horse fairs from Appleby in Cumbria, across to Ballianasloe in Ireland, all the way south to Wickham horse fair in Portsmouth. It was a surprising, compelling and beguiling journey.     I loved the vibrancy and showmanship of the fairs, they are totally mesmerising. Whilst shooting I often felt like I had gone back in time - incredible faces, theatrical outfits, traditional carts, gleaming horses, cockerel fights, singing birds and fortune-tellers. I became obsessed with small details – the fashion, makeup, eyebrows, hairstyles, market fakes, leather, bits and whips. The process was very organic and the series is a spontaneous, intuitive reaction to what I observed.     I didn’t want ‘Gypsy Gold’ to become a deep, meaningful, intellectual narrative but to simply record what caught my eye and made me smile.   It’s a series of fun incidentals that come together to tell a visual story. I hope the series provides the viewer with a new understanding and appreciation of Traveller culture. For all the criticism that Travellers attract, I found plenty of gold.     
 Bangers & Smash //  Ingredients -  1 x Car, preferably mature & ripe. 1 x Roll bar. 1 x Willing driver. Male or female, can be as young as 6. 4 x Tyres (not necessarily road worthy). 1 x Helmet and race suit. 1 x Bunch of friends, family, girlfriend/ boyfriend for support. 1 x Transportation truck. 1 x Full tank of petrol. 1 x Teaspoon of aggression (use sparingly). 1 x Bag of nerves or heaped tablespoon of guts. 1 x Race track. 1 x Bunch of opponents. Plus plenty of wedge.  Instructions -  - Strip out all glass, airbags and interior trimmings. - Add extra strong roll bar. - Change tyres for added texture. - Dress with eye catching artwork – inclusion of nicknames and/or message to girlfriends recommended for extra flavour. - Polish to a glossy finish. - Add remaining ingredients. - Carefully place on transport lorry. - Drive at steady pace to race track- check timings carefully. - On arrival, stalk competitors to check for quality – be aware of old feuds that need settling. - Be careful to pour in confidence, competitiveness and camaraderie in equal measures. - Place banger on start line at full temperature. - Slice, chop, peel, bash and mash until competitors are well beaten. - Whizz round track until you’re the last one standing. - Take lap of honour and enjoy taste of victory. - Throw in pints of beer to finish.   
 A Day At The Races //   Rain, more rain, intoxicated teens, drum & bass,   burn outs,   flat caps, tattoos, gold chains, piercings, eccentric hair, sun shine, tank tops, topless chests, slush puppies, hot dogs, chips, chicks, fast cars, pimped out cars, racer boy heaven - A day at the races.    This project has taken me to regional racetracks   and   super-sized car festivals - where the racing community compete,   socialise with like minded car enthusiasts,   exchange the latest tips on car modification, enjoy all-night raves and have their picture taken with pouting promo models. These events provide the ultimate escapism   from working life and a social space for youths to meet away from the parental home.   They also provide a retreat where the community is able to meet safely in one designated area without getting in the way of the public.    One of the most notorious and misunderstood youth subcultures of the last 30 years is the ’boy racer’ scene.   Young motorists are stigmatised due to the tendency to label car modifiers as ‘boy racers’. This sensationalist and politically charged term endorses an image of a young male driving a modified car with a spoiler, alloys, lowered suspension, loud exhaust and stereo system which has become intertwined with notions of deviance and risk on the roads. Since their birth on the scene boy racers have been deemed as a threat to the majority of ‘respectable’ motorists.    For me one of the most compelling notions to come out of this series is the theme of masculinity. The more I explored the community, the more questions were raised. What does racing mean for this group of youths? How much of its appeal is about esteem, achievement, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect and respect from others?    The car has always been symbolic of how well one is doing in society and within the racing world this is even more exaggerated. It’s a modern day version of peacocking.   For these youths, the car is a vital tool in progressing their journey through the road of life.   The art of modification is a realisation of self-expression and creativity. It brings individuals together in a unique cultural melting pot to revel in the excitement and escapism it gives from everyday life.    ‘A Day At The Races’ is a timely spotlight on what kids in souped-up cars are doing today – in every town in the UK.   It offers   a new and refreshingly positive commentary on this colorful social aspect of British culture.