A Coast Line Tale

Facing Up To Flooding

Threads of Somerset

Timeless Thrift

Strangers is a body of work of street portraitures in which I wanted to capture the raw aesthetic of different people on the street. I decided to travel to London to produce this as I thought there would be a more diverse range of people to photograph.

Backside is a project that I wanted to produce looking at people and their clothing from behind without engaging with the subjects, in order to create a sense of distance which is familiar to people every day regarding strangers. By photographing from behind it allows the audience to fully investigate the clothing in greater depth and explore other minute details that may have been missed through ones usual quick glance at unfamiliar people.

A Coast Line Tale zooms in on how we decide to interact with the coast on a personal level, exploring stories and traces of individuals whilst also addressing the structural and societal boundaries of the coast. Containing images of man-made beaches, industrial docks and rolling coastal paths, this project was built on the thought that maybe, just maybe, we can transition to being less focused on the clearing of the "dark dense forest" and find solace in preserving and restoring the forest itself. Allowing nature and symbiosis, transitioning to rewilding rather than living in the shadow and the illusion of the natural world. Seeing ourselves as part of the whole, rather than viewing it from a distance.

Somerset has been my home for the past 22 years. Large parts of the Somerset Levels spent much of the winter of 2013-14 under water. Villages were isolated, homes evacuated, the farming community in disarray and the bad weather relentless. In this work i revisited these sites and documents how the environment has changed since the 2014 flooding, over seven years ago.

The British production industry has been declining for decades with obituaries written about the sector been commonplace over the past 50 years as the UK has moved through various eras and is the central topic of discussion within this work. I consider whether fashion brands are completely genuine behind the scenes and document what production is left within Britain and especially in my home county of Somerset.

The endless creation of new clothes comes with a heavy environmental price. Every year the sector requires 93 billion cubic meters of water, which is enough to meet the consumption needs of five million people, and is responsible for around 20% of industrial water pollution as a result of textile treatment and dyeing. To tackle this problem Timeless Thrift has been born specifically. focusing on second hand clothing and how it can benefit the environmental compared to fast fashion. Vintage garments are sourced, washed and dried before being sold as 1of 1 pieces, each garment carries its own personal story which people should appreciate.