I was lucky enough to have a long commercial job in Asia at the beginning of the year. With a few days off in between shoots I was able to spend some time on the streets of Hong Kong and Tokyo. The beautiful winter light of Japan and the amazing character of Hong Kong giving me the opportunity to produce some observational personal work.
Next week this image of Bob will be shown at the Royal Photographic Society's gallery as part of the 2019 Portrait Salon exhibition - this year edited by Peter Dench
Bob had his first heart attack in his early 20’s he has been living with heart failure for many years.
Now in his 70’s Bob has to manage his life carefully day to day to cope with the exhaustion of living with a little understood condition that affects a million people across the UK.
He spends 20mins in the morning taking his various pills to help with his HF and diabetes and the resulting conditions that domino.
He has chairs around the house to rest as he moves about, and uses a wheeled chair to move around the kitchen to cook.
Bob recently had to give up one of his passion of lawn bowling as he could not manage to walk from one end of the green to the other.
This campaign required spending time with people who have heart failure and capturing their daily lives.
It was such a pleasure to spend time with these amazing people and be given the opportunity to make images of their lives.
Soulful and stunning, Jordan Mackampa has been wowing audiences with his rich vocals and enlightened songwriting since the release of his critically acclaimed “Physics” EP last year.
Having been championed for his poet-like lyricism, Jordan is now releasing his newest EP, “Tales from the Broken”. Blending in elements from his Congolese heritage, the Coventry-based songwriter uses gospel-tinged harmonies and folk-like melodies to create warm and captivating beats. With tracks that can equally tear at your heartstrings and fill you with joy, it’s a complex and compelling record, showing the talent that Jordan possesses.
Scroobius Pip is a patron of stamma.org and has had a stammer himself since the age of 4.
I photographed Pip and a number of other people who stammer for a national awareness campaign shown on billboards around the country .
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.
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.
Meeting Lady Edith, middle child and serial rebel of Downton Abbey’s aristocratic Crawley family, is a rather intimidating proposition. Laura Carmichael, the 33-year-old actress who has played Edith since 2010, has perfected both her patrician withering look and her cutting put-downs. The character has never been one to suffer fools gladly.
So it’s enormously calming when Carmichael bounds over, halfway through her intensive PHOENIX shoot, to say hello. “I love this stuff,” she says. “it’s so glam!”