We all have our own unique perspective and preferred way of expressing ourselves, our feelings and emotions – mine has always been through the medium of photography. For the last fifteen years I’ve been dedicated to learning my craft whilst travelling to places in conflict, documenting the stories of those most affected.
Through my viewfinder I’ve borne witness to the best and worst of humanity. I’ve seen people prepared to die for their beliefs and those they love. I’ve been invited into the partly destroyed homes of people dealing with unfathomable loss to be offered tea and whatever food they have as a gesture of hospitality and humility. I’ve seen countless families torn apart by the decisions of others and people who have lost their homes, forced to leave with nothing more than a carrier bag of their possessions.
Earlier this year I was in Iraq covering the offensive in west Mosul by the Iraqi army trying to retake the city, which had been under ISIS control for the past two years. My focus was to document human stories on the periphery of the frontline. I've just left Venezuela where I was covering the civil unrest and mass demonstrations fueled by a worsening economic and political crisis. Here's an article published for ABC News Australia which gives some insight about my most recent trip:
I'm currently in Colombia where I'm looking into the the impacts of narco-trafficking on communities. From here I plan on making my way through Central America to document stories around gang violence and the drug trade and the connection with illegal migration to the United States.
My work has been exhibited in numerous shows in London and Sydney. In 2008 my photos from Afghanistan were displayed at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall as part of an event funded by NATO. In the same year, I had work exhibited and sold at numerous charitable events raising money for Afghanaid. More recently, in 2015, my street photography was featured in an exhibition at the Apple store in Sydney, showcasing the work of ten emerging Australian photographers (see below article).
The below interview was published last year in Lost At E Minor, an online culture magazine.
I’m about to publish my first book: ‘Conflicting Interests’, the culmination of a decade of work and my personal journey to places in conflict to explore human nature and the motivations that drive our actions as individuals and as a collective.
The idea behind the book is to show the similarities shared by minority groups and the marginalized, particularly in the way they challenge power structures. There are images from North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, from cities and conflicts with no apparent connection, yet each scene tells of a related struggle.
As a freelance photographer in an intensely competitive market, all the trips I make are entirely self-funded and as such, I need to ask for your help to get this book published.
The book has been designed by Xose Teiga, one of Spain’s leading creative directors, and after several iterations is ready to print. Here’s a small video showing the layout and some of the images included.
I hold on to the belief that if I take strong photos capturing the common thread that connects us all, they can spark debate, challenge people’s preconceptions and change attitudes. By making a pledge you will not only receive a limited edition copy of my first book, you will be supporting me on my upcoming trips to continue my work documenting these important stories.
Risks and challenges
The only risk I foresee is that the project may run past the deadline if there are delays with printing or shipping from Spain.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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