Charlie and I won a top prize chip at The Drum's Chip Shop Awards!
Charlie Colbourne and I got nominated for The Drum's 2017 Chip Shop Awards. The Chip Shop Awards is about fostering and recognising creativity without limits. We entered the category "Best ad for something that does not need to be advertised." It's about a stop sign.
Marko Anstice and I won the 2016 ADCAN award for our charity film, 'CHANGE THE GAME' for The Girlhood.
In a creative industry that still employs more men than women and pays men more than their female counterparts, The GirlHood are an organisation on a mission to help young women profit personally, socially and financially from their creativity. They seek out creatively talented females, aged 11-24, from diverse backgrounds, and introduce them to learning programmes, content and resources to help them develop as resilient females with their own creative voice. thegirlhood.co.uk
Some Christmas cards I designed with Illustrator @markomakes.
Friday 20th April 2012
Walking home after a few work drinks, I spotted my good man John sitting on the footpath, drawing with his good dog George. He was doing a pen drawing of Shoreditch High Street, which I wanted for my wall. I sat next to him for a few hours and watched. It was interesting. He says he's not homeless, just "financially embarrassed". People asked if I was homeless. John used to work in advertising, wrapping up the work to send out to clients. People walked past and kept giving him money. I asked why I wasn't getting any money. He said "stop laughing and look a bit more sad". That made me laugh. John calls himself an artist, not a beggar. He says people can give him money if they take a photo of his dog (who's wearing a coat) or if they buy his artwork. A Northern Irish guy passed and left some steak for the dog. I thought that was nice. John thought it would have been nicer if there was a note in the box. He told me about how he used to shoplift and how to break through doors and when to hit a certain place to take all the weekend's earnings, how he used to rob building sites and sell all the equipment on the market the next morning. I told him he was a baddy. He disagreed. He said he's been to prison a lot, says it's like being in hospital but even more boring. I went and got us some burgers and chips. We watched the people across the road sitting next to the cash machine. He said you earn about £90 a night sitting there. He pointed out the man standing in the phone box, said he was waiting his turn to sit there. There is a rota. John doesn't sit there unless he's desperate. He thinks it's a little invasive and says he wouldn't give people his money. John found his shoes in an Office shoe box that day on the street corner. As we sat, a man gave him a Tesco bag full of sandwiches - he got cigarettes, a lolly pop, a beer, coins and notes. He did alright. Most people talk about the dog. Some people ask about his drawing. A street patrol were out from the local church. They asked where I lived. I asked John why he sat in this particular spot. He said it was because of the women. I laughed. He wasn't joking. I went and got us a coffee. John said he would love to know what people think when they walk past him. I told him they probably wonder what he thinks. He didn't think so. He finished his drawings, gave me a Tesco bag and told me not to get them wet. He said he is famous for drawing faces, but the high street one would be the money maker. He asked if I'd get home okay and told me to say hi next time I walked past. I said I would.
A few years later... John went on to do quite well.
Following on from my work with the homeless charity I had an idea for a print campaign. Playing with the visual perspective of someone lying on the street I wrapped the visual with the strapline "You can help turn their lives around." This was the first strapline I ever wrote.
In 2010 I spent 3 months volunteering at a homeless shelter in Manchester. During soup runs on the streets I photographed peoples hands and listened to their stories. I produced a book called Homeless Hands and a local charity sold over 300 copies as a Christmas fundraiser.
Segregation in Northern Ireland is a result of out standing political, religious and social differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant populations. Belfast City is divided along religious grounds, West Belfast is predominantly Catholic and East Belfast is predominantly Protestant. Peace lines are a series of separation barriers used to divide these highly populated areas. In total they stretch for 13 miles and create a unique linear pattern throughout the City of Belfast.
Using abstract photography I looked for compositions that were made up of two sides – the line those sides created signified a peace wall. Bringing together photographs of division, collision and separation creates a single thread that links them all together. Without having the contrast, the conflict, the barrier, you would never create that unity. That single thread creates greater strength. A strength that is found in the people of Belfast today.