Marginal Streets 2017
A portrait series of the electorate in the most marginal seat in the UK, the coastal constituency of Gower, South Wales. Located close to the old industrial heartlands in the South Welsh Valleys, it has been a Labour stalwart since 1906, until the Conservatives won with a slim majority of just 27 votes in the 2015 election. Made in collaboration with documentary photographer Joseph Fox who focused solely on Labour voters, whilst Gili concentrated on Conservatives. Published with voters captions online during the run up to the UK General Election with the intention of highlighting the constituents, who often feel forgotten in the heated electoral battles that take place across the country.
Manchester to Mandalay
The shots of these familiar shirts, in an unfamiliar context, simultaneously express closeness and distance. Football is a language that supporters can share, whether or not they have the same mother tongue. This portrait series encapsulates the astonishing impact of globalisation within the modern world. Things that we understood to be common to us may now be just as common in rural corners of Myanmar.
Something unusual happened on London on Friday night. The London Underground opened up two of its lines for it's first ever 24-hour service. Since its creation in the 19th century most lines close around midnight That's left generations of Londoners ending their evenings in a Cinderella esque mad dash to make it on to the last train heading home.In this collaboration with documentary photographer Joseph Fox we captured scenes throughout the night until the first morning trains began at 6AM. We split with Joseph taking pictures on the Central line, whilst I journeyed along the Victoria line.
LEICESTER CITY FC VICTORY PARADE
When Leicester City FC were crowned champions it was a fitting end to the David and Goliath story that enraptured the nation. No football pundit or fan could have predicted that Leicester City, a team who have typically yo-yoed up and down between the top division and second division for over a century, would be crowned champions. Their achievement defied financial logic in an era of ever-increasing television revenue, where the most recent deal to broadcast matches on British TV was valued at 5.14bn.When it was time to present the trophy to the city everyone and their grandma turned up. Leicester is somewhat of a divided city with one of the largest proportions of minorities with 50% of the population being white and 20% Muslim. Glory was shared throughout the city among every class, race and creed. A reminder of how integral football is to English culture, and how everyone likes an excuse to have a party.
Marginal Streets 2015
Marginal Streets was a street portrait series made in collaboration with photographer Joseph Fox. Each day during the 2015 UK General Election we uploaded two portraits with captions taken in Hampstead and Kilburn, England’s most marginal constituency.The constituency’s streets provided the backdrop to the portraits, from the palatial detached villas with views onto Hampstead heath, to the heaving bustle on Kilburn High Road. This hilly north London constituency represents a microcosm of the electorate, in age, ethnicity and wealth. Portraits of voters were uploaded daily during the short election campaign. Using a combination of website and social media they could provide, in their own small way, an alternative to the typical media election coverage. There was a desire to shift the focus back to the voters, who often feel alienated amidst the election noise from official political party broadcasts and sensationalist newspaper stories.The images were published in The Independent New Review and were exhibited on Kilburn High Road on polling day, 7th May 2015.
At The Water's Edge
A portrait series documenting the people that moved to an Essex seaside town in search of a better life.The seaside town was once sold as a slice of paradise for affluent east Londoners looking to escape the city during the summer, its beach bungalows have now became permanent homes for a tight-nit and stoical community enduring harsh economic strains. ‘Everyone want’s to live by the seaside’ says Tim Fuller, yet the go-kart track and jellied eel stand closed years ago. In the wake of the 2010 government announcement that Jaywick topped the English Indices of Multiple Deprivation, I travelled up through the year to photograph the residents.The project culminated in an exhibition at the Jaywick Martello Tower, a local seaside exhibition space. The intention was to encourage the community to form adialogue with the works and the local art space that it was being exhibited in. During the six week show a series of photography workshops were organised in collaboration with the Coastnet and the Clacton Coastal Academy.
The Day It Snowed
For 24 hours it snowed and London forgot its troubles.Transportation was brought to a standstill, and with it, all indications of time. This series of pictures are a glimpse of London when it briefly reclaimed by it’s residents.The project culminated in an exhibition at the French House in Soho, London in 2010.