Although I have photographed my family for years, I did not start Faces of a Family in a focused way until January 2017. It is an ongoing project: a mixture of documentary, semi-formal and environmental portraits that I continually add to and refine. The majority of the pictures are taken spontaneously; my camera has been such a continual presence over the years that it is almost trusted as another member of the family and this has given me privileged access which has strongly influenced my photography. I want to create a record of ordinary, unvarnished, unscripted family life, the quirks and idiosyncrasies that makes every family unique. Faces of a Family focuses on my family on both sides of the Atlantic, it records us as individuals and as a group, finding beauty and lyricism in the mundane.
Somewhere in the Middle
Somewhere in the Middle is a project about home, local community and seeing the beauty in the diversity that makes up humanity.
Olivia, the youngest of three. She entered this world feet first with her head firmly planted under her mother’s ribs. The doctor tried to turn her in the womb but she decided her entrance into the world.
She is now 16. She’s strong, determined, decisive, full of love and destine for success.
Emergent @olivia16 is an on going exploration of Olivia as she navigates her way through the often times, ensnaring entrapments that beckon any teenager yet, this beautiful young woman is emerging through the cocoon of adolescence.
She is emergent, ‘the process of coming into being or becoming prominent.’ She is Olivia at 16.
The Great Collide
The Great Collide is an investigation using multiple exposures on 35mm film. I sit suspended between two nations, American by birth and Scottish by marriage. Although my primary residence is Scotland I find I have spent many years looking back at my American heritage. Two nation collide within me and i find myself no longer fully American nor am I fully Scottish, I am somewhere in the middle. My current creative interpretation of this collide is expressed through exposing a roll of 35mm colour film in one country and wind it back on the camera and re expose the roll in the other country, mimicking the juxtaposition of nations living intertwined within me. There is no photoshop used, the images are created all in camera.
Mother & Son in Law
Mr & Mrs On Tour
Mr & Mrs was first created in Detroit Michigan in 1986 with my Nikon F3 35mm camera using tri x 400 film. This was part of a creative series whilst attending art school at Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design (CCS) which is known today as College for Creative Studies in Detroit.