There is an image captured by the great photographer Bill Brandt in 1931, called ‘Billingsgate Fish Porter’ taken in London’s main fish market. It is a picture of a fish porter with a large fish on his head. It is a rather surreal image as befits Brandt’s style but it was not until the 1980’s that we discovered the man in this photography is my Dad.
The investigation of this led to my love of Brandt’s work and the other photographers of that time, such as Cartier Bresson, Kertesz, Wolf Suschitzky and Lee Miller. I also follow the work of the important social and war documentary photographers of more recent times such as Don McCullin, Bruce Davidson and Ernest Cole.
It is this love of photojournalism and social documentary that inspires me to photograph and write about the communities that bind us together providing our spiritual, cultural identity and living environment.
Of course modern ‘virtual’ communities also exist across boundaries hardly envisioned a decade ago. But the communities that hold my interest are those that exist in the real world. Whether that be a small southern Mediterranean town where families meet every evening in the square, an English seaside town surviving on the tourist trade and small robust businesses, or at a football match where the fans are drawn from diverse backgrounds coming together for a common purpose.
I have therefore found photographing people and their environment the most conducive for my style of work and the most positive feedback on showing and exhibiting my images.