I am a London-based photographer with cerebral palsy. In 2021 I was awarded the Royal Photographic Societies Hood medal for a body of photographic work produced to promote or raise awareness of an aspect of public benefit or service.
My family moved to the United Kingdom when I was nine, having spent my early childhood in Jamaica. Growing up as a disabled child in Jamaica was exceptionally challenging in the early 90s. I attended a mainstream primary school, which had little to no special provisions to accommodate disabled students. This meant walking on my hands and knees as there were no wheelchairs or crutches available. When I 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, and to challenge the way that mainstream media represents disability.
My work focuses on representing the black community accurately depicting the challenges disabled people face in contemporary society. My method operates in a space between documentary and portraiture, and 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 represent disabled people, and to convey how people with disabilities can achieve success. I strongly believe there are some fundamental flaws in the way mainstream media corporations represent the disabled community.
Since graduating in 2020 my portfolio has steadily grown, with both Autograph and Disability Arts Online commissioning me to produce work during the pandemic. My first self-published monograph "Tower Avenue" was shortlisted for the MACK book prize, and I was also a guest speaker at the Bristol Photography Symposium. Several of my works have also been selected to feature in an exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre in Tower Hamlets for Black History Month. Not only am I aiming to challenge media misrepresentations, through my work I hope to inspire young disabled people to follow their dreams.
I am very proud to say I graduated from Middlesex University with a distinction grade MA in Photography, after having completed a BA in Photography where I attained a First.
2016 - Middlesex BA Photography 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 – Middlesex University Hendon Campus - UK 2021 - Black History Month Photography Exhibition - Brady Arts Centre - UK
2021 - Care|Contagion|Community - Autograph ABP Gallery – UK
2022 – Tower Avenue - Orleans House Gallery - UK
2022 - Care|Contagion|Community - Impressions Gallery – UK
2022 – ‘Tower Avenue’ selection – Middlesex University Hendon Campus - UK
2023 – Peckham 24 (Opening May 14th)
2023 – The Photography Foundation NOW gallery takeover (26th October)