Surrey Artists Open Studios 2021

30 May 2021

This year, I am again taking part in Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) with some of the other makers and artists at Little Acre Studios. My studio (Peppercorn) will be open, along with those of painter Kim Cody (see my portrait creative session photographs of her here LINK), jewellery maker Melanie Lucas, and ceramic artist Michelle Shields.

I will be showing darkroom prints from my project ‘Pure Soil’, alongside displays and prints of more experimental work that tie in with the subject. Those who come to SAOS will get first look at this new work I’ve been creating. I’m excited to exhibit and feel it’s a great opportunity to get feedback on this work from the general public, as well as the artist and maker community of Surrey.

Little Acre Studios is part of the ‘Bourne and Beyond Trail’ in Farnham. There is so much wonderful art and craft to see at SAOS, so we do hope you’ll pay us a visit. See the graphics below for a map as well as opening days and times.


New portrait: Dr Hannah Greig

30 May 2021

Work finally picked up a little in May as the pandemic restrictions eased again, and I was happy to be able to do a portrait commission for Dr Hannah Greig. Dr Greig is an academic historian specialising in the Georgian period and Beau Monde. She has also acted as a historical consultant for film and television, including Sanditon and the Netflix hit Bridgerton.

Mindful of COVID precautions, even though some of the restrictions had been lifted, I suggested mainly outdoor locations for the portrait session. We started in her own garden, in the picture at the top. We moved to my studio where I had set up a backdrop and opened the double doors to provide light and, crucially in this pandemic age, ventilation. It also meant I could set up my camera outside the studio.

Finally, we moved once more to another outdoor location. I had secured permission to photograph in the grounds of Waverley Abbey House, a Grade II* listed Georgian mansion that stands opposite the ruins of Waverley Abbey on the bank of the River Wey.

It was a fun afternoon with plenty of good conversation and Dr Grieg was a great sport. You can follow Dr Grieg on Twitter.

I am available for more portrait commissions. If you are interested, please do get in touch via email for rates.


Work-in-Progress at Photo Scratch on 18 January 2021

Photo: Dillon Marsh

I’d like to let you know that I will be presenting a new project I’m working on at Photo Scratch on 18 January 2021, 6:30pm GMT.

This edition of Photo Scratch particularly appealed to me and will have a special focus on the environment/land, and is being held in partnership with LandArt Agency. This is an area I increasingly find myself drawn to in my work and dovetails particularly with the project I am working on. 

Photo Scratch is an organisation that provides the opportunity for documentary photographers to show works-in-progress with the opportunity for attendees to offer discussion and feedback to help them complete their project.

Five other photographic practitioners will present work at the same session: 

  • Joya Berrow 
  • Sayam Ghosh
  • Dillon Marsh 
  • Claudia Orsetti 
  • Harebell Suzuki

Please book you tickets, which are required, here: https://photoscratch.org/whats-on

I look forward to seeing you there and receiving feedback on my project.

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