The Long & The Short of it
The Short Bit
I live in Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District in a house that used to be many other things before it became our home. It was once a water pump house for the glass houses belonging to a stately home, a bakers store, a furniture workshop and a wardens office during the second world war.
Now the red brick walls provide myself and
my partner, Martyn, a quirky but lovable dwelling.
We spend our time taking pictures, making music, crafting and tending the veg patch. It’s safe to say we have a maximalist approach when it comes to house plants and can often be found rifling through the local antique (junk) shop looking for treasure or convincing ourselves that it’s completely necessary to add another record to the collection.
When we’re not at home we are ambling down the paths of the Peak District, taking our time to appreciate the scenery as the seasons roll by.
"Using a camera and light to record a moment that would become a memory.."
The Long Bit
When I was a child growing up, my mum would read me stories by a local author, who wrote magical tales based on the legends of a woodland near by. We would then go exploring together, wandering through the woods, trying to find the stones, caves and lanes he wrote about in his books.
Those days are forever etched in my memory, the sun rays pouring through the leaves in the summer, falling on the dewy moss covered rocks and the leaves on the earth. The smiles, magic and sense of discovery and the loving bond between my mum and I.
My Granddad used to sing ‘Swinging On A Star,’ to me, by Bing Crosby and a line always stuck with me, ‘...Carry moonbeams home in a jar’. Wouldn’t it be amazing to capture our memories and stories to keep in a jar so we could look at them, hold them and breathe them in? Reliving our experiences.
When I grew up I realised a photograph was about the closest I could get to decanting ‘moon beams’. Using a camera and light to record a moment that would become a memory. A photograph is a powerful thing. When you look at them you don’t just see an image but you hear the laughter, feel the embrace, the texture of the clothes and smell the tobacco from your uncles pipe. You remember the conversations, feelings and events from that day. You are transported through the whole story, a glimpse through the window of time.
I completed a Degree in Fine Art and Documentary Photography and continued to develop my own style which is heavily influenced by nostalgia, folklore, stories and nature and of course the interaction between the environment and the people I am photographing. I allow my intuition to guide me through photography sessions which helps me capture those beautiful intimate moments that can’t be reproduced in a pose. My aim is to create a set of images that document the little looks, gestures and nuances that make up the story of a family exactly as they are at that time as it is the little things that are so special and so important to remember.
Now I am grateful to every family who invites me in to share a chapter from their story and to each couple that trusts me to capture the first day of their adventure. Every family and couple have their own unique character, charm and personality which shines through. I create soulful, honest and meaningful photographs which are inspired by YOUR story.
"Looks, gestures and nuances that make up the story of a family..."