I feel every photographer should try to undertake projects that truly mean something to them. Not only is it artistically liberating, it really is chicken soup for the soul. I’ve been fortunate to choose projects that have meant something to other people as well, and by using my lens for a greater good have hopefully brought some change, maybe some solace, and maybe some smiles, to people’s faces.
(Hand) Made Hamilton
From barbers to tattoo artists, to butchers and bakers, goldsmiths and carpenters. I think there will always be a place for those who truly take a hands-on approach to life… (Hand) Made Hamilton. This project celebrates all those Artisans who still utilise their talents and skill… and their hands… to truly be creative.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults. At present, there is no cure. Just a few short years ago the average median age was only 42 years.
CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of CF severity differs from person to person, however, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, will eventually lead to death in the majority of people with CF. There have been great strides made in the last few years getting life-changing drugs to market. Because of these scientific advancements, people with CF are living longer and fuller lives, and we can see hope on the horizon.
How does CF relate to me? Simple: I was very late diagnosed when I was 38 years old, when normally it’s is diagnosed at birth. I’ve been very lucky in that my genetic mutations are considered extremely “mild” and thus i don’t have the life-threatening issues most have. In 2016 I decided to embark on my most ambitious project ever – to put a face on adults living with CF. Thus was born my first book, JUST BREATHE, and its subsequent companion SALTY GIRLS. Below are some of the women who were featured in the SALTY GIRLS book.
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Life & Style
Ever just wanted to do something because it made you smile?
That’s this project summed up in a nutshell. Just dogs, tied to balloons and floating. No further explanation, no other reason needed. If it brightened one persons day, then mission accomplished. And no, you can’t float cats.
I used to divide my time between my home in Canada and Connecticut. I sometimes would go to the local VFW chapter, and i noticed even the Viet Nam vets were getting up there in age. And the vets from older wars, like Korea and WW2, are really getting up there. These heroes are slipping away, with WW2 vets well into their 90’s now. Many of them never having had the proper chance or forum to tell their stories, let alone have a proper portrait made. I wanted to capture their honour and integrity, with a bit of gravitas thrown in. These Veterans deserve a great portrait to honour their contribution to our freedoms. Overall so far its been a fun, enlightening and inspiring project to undertake.