Shudu has the body of a goddess, impossibly tall and lean, with glowing ebony skin. She wears her hair in a short, natural afro style and appears confident but approachable. As an influencer she has 177,000 followers on instagram and counting, recently shot a campaign with global sports brand Ellesse, has worked with high-end fashion house Balmain,and walked the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards in a partnership with EE. Shudu is also not a real person. She’s the creation of photographer and retoucher Cameron James Wilson, a long time PHOENIX collaborator, whose personal side project has now taken on a life of its own, literally.
Google believe that artificial intelligence can provide new ways of approaching problems and meaningfully improve people’s lives. In an initiative to support organizations that are using the power of AI to address social and environmental challenges Google organised the Impact challenge. I was asked to photograph Wadhwani AI who were shortlisted to receive Google support and funding.
Google believe that artificial intelligence can provide new ways of approaching problems and meaningfully improve people’s lives. In an initiative to support organizations that are using the power of AI to address social and environmental challenges Google organised the Impact challenge. I was asked to photograph scientists from Makerere University Uganda who were shortlisted to receive Google support and funding.
I was asked by The British Stammering Association to take some portraits of their members for a website and brand update to STAMMA.org
I knew very little about stammering before I was asked to take these pictures, it is a very under represented and little understood condition.
About 8% of children will stammer at some point, but most will go on to talk fluently. For up to 3% of adults it will be a lifelong condition. Stammering affects mainly men and every ethnicity.
There is no link between stammering and intellectual capacity. Like other neurological conditions, it covers a spectrum, everyone stammers differently and to different degrees. For some there’ll be periods of their life when they stammer less and others when they will struggle to speak. Many find that as they get older the condition improves.
Stammering has been used as a device to make people laugh and to indicate dishonesty or low intelligence. This stereotyping, and the frustration caused by the difficulty of talking with others, has led many to avoid stammering and find ways of sounding ‘normal’. You may know someone who stammers ‘a little’, or be surprised to hear that someone you know well tells you that they stammer. Societal expectations mean that people will often try to avoid stammering. They will anticipate speaking situations and plan for them. They may swap a word they expect to stammer on. Or they may keep what they say to the bare minimum. They may arrive late to a meeting to avoid introducing themselves.
The physical act of stammering can be a tiny part of the experience. The bigger part is often the mental machinations that someone who stammers endures. Anticipating times when they'll need to talk, the negative responses, the ever-present expectation that they need fixing or just need to breathe properly. Feelings of shame, embarrassment, anger, anxiety and fear. Frustration that saying one’s name – the one thing that most people who stammer will find hard to say – will stymie their every encounter. The frustration of not being taken seriously.
When Charlie Howard published a frank open letter to her ex modelling agency on social media in 2015, it kick-started a conversation about modelling ethics, body image and mental health that would ripple through her industry and change her career forever. Phoenix Mag interviewed this lovely human and super-polymath (these days she’s a model-activist-author-podcaster) in The Holiday Issue for SS19
A set of images created for UEFA to promote 'Your Move' freestyle football for Euro 2020
'Your Move' is inviting fans from all 12 host cities to express themselves through freestyle football and hopefully inspiring them to be part of the UEFA EURO 2020 finals. All football enthusiasts will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and will be encouraged to submit videos of themselves performing unique freestyle moves that best represent their cities.