About:

I am a London-based photographer, who recently graduated from the Middlesex University with a distinction grade MA in Photography. My family moved to the United Kingdom I was nine, so I spent my early childhood in Jamaica. A few months after I was born, the doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. Growing up as a disabled child in Jamaica was very challenging in the early 90’s. I attended a normal primary school, which had little to no special provisions to accommodate disabled students. I often had to walk on my hands and knees because there were no wheelchairs or crutches. When we moved to England, it took around two years before I was accepted into a specialist school for disabled students. I have always wanted to use photography as a tool to document these struggles, which so many disabled people struggle with. 

 

My work if focused on trying to accurately depict the challenges disabled people face in contemporary society. My method operates in a space between documentary and portraiture but I am particularly passionate about portrait photography - one of my portraits made it to the Taylor Wessing Competition in 2016. Through my photography, I hope to accurate represent disabled people convey how they are capable of achieving success despite the odds being stacked against them. I believe there are some fundamental flaws in the way mainstream media corporations represent the disabled community. They tend to focus on those who were became disabled after being injured in war (or other circumstances) and do not pay enough attention to those born disabled. My photography aims to accurately represent the disabled community, challenging media misrepresentations and inspiring young disabled people to follow their dreams. 

Exhibitions:

 

2016 - Middlesex BA Photography Year 2 show - Four Corners Gallery - UK

2016 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - National Portrait Gallery - UK

2017 - Middlesex Art and Design Degree show - The Truman Brewery - UK

2017 - Free Range Photography Week 1 - The Truman Brewery - UK

2017 - D&AD New Blood Festival - The Truman Brewery - UK

2020 - Middlesex University Portrait Prize - Hendon Campus - UK

2021 - Group show Autograph ABP Gallery - UK

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