It was whilst I was studying Mathematical Physics at university that I discovered my love and talent for photography, enjoying its cathartic nature and creative scope. Having my work recognised by the Young Creative Awards spurred me on to go professional, with a helping hand from the Princes’ Trust. I’ve worked with First Art on several projects.
In my photography practice I specialise in two areas:
As a candid storyteller at events and conferences, where I have worked with clients such as Colmore BID, Nottingham City Council and New Art Exchange, as well as First Art.
I also document architecture and the built environment showcasing design features. Through this have worked with the likes of artist Wolfgang Buttress, JTP Architects and Price/Myers.
In 2016 I was invited to join the Princes’ Trust Explore Enterprise programme where I received valuable support and advice. A mentor helped me organise my ideas into a business plan and then, together with loan funding, support to implement the plan.
As well as helping to promote art and creativity, First Art’s projects like The Full Shebang Festival can offer benefits to well-being and mental health to an audience who might not believe art is relevant to them. It is also vital to expanding horizons in terms of possible careers and job opportunities, especially for a younger audience.
Having grown up in an underprivileged area of Nottingham, working with organisations like First Art makes me really happy; I feel I am able give something back and help promote important work.
The arts have the potential to inspire young audiences and open them to new worlds and this is very important work to have done.