WATCH THIS SPACE 👀 - I've been waiting to kick this off for a long time. It's a love letter to home, of sorts. I'm collecting the stories of different women and non-binary people from Essex - because whether you fit stereotypes or not, you deserve to be celebrated and championed. F*** the dictionary. We're desperately overdue some unity. - @tamikaka is remarkable. She's from Barking - the unclaimed, disputed territory of East London/Essex in Zone 4. A few weeks back we met up at Barking station and strolled down the high street, past her primary school and down to the Riverside. Ever since we first discovered our shared geography when we first met, I'd been waiting eagerly to sit down and chat it through. No holds barred. Discussing the glories and the ugly truths that come from knowing the places we know. And we finally did it - then went to Nandos. - I'm working out the best way to let you delve into Tamika's wisdom and wild words because she had some GOOD SHIT TO SAY. And those of many, many more Essex folk too. If you've got a link to England's most underrated county and want to talk about it - slide into these DMs. - Both of us are archiving in real-time. Don't forget to keep up.
Decided to go the other side of the lens for a special occasion. - WHAT. AN. EVENING. @adidaslondon decided the best way to celebrate the new @arsenal kit would be to invite a gang of fans (including yours truly) to play in it at the Emirates stadium. Wild doesn't even cover it. - Superb work by @jamstoker on the snaps 📷 #DareToCreate
#3 Glory with the @gaygooners for @adidaslondon - I've been an Arsenal fan since I was 7. It was a very conscious decision - I joined a new school, loved football but hadn't been raised loyal to a club. The most gentle and kind friend I made at that age was a softly spoken boy from Dagenham, who was a huge Arsenal lover in a sea of West Ham fans. Dan didn't bat an eyelid at my unusual relationship with gender, my short hair, odd nicknames, and yearning to play and watch the beautiful game. He was just so excited to play a role in my entry to premier league football fandom. Despite the rife prejudices within football fan culture, my entry into that world was a welcoming with very loving and accepting arms. It is definitely not a sentiment shared by every Arsenal or football fan I've encountered, but once, as a genderqueer 7 year old, I was told that an Arsenal fan was something I could proudly be. - Being asked to shoot the Gay Gooners marching in the Pride in London parade for Adidas was a dream come true. The Gay Gooners are the world's oldest and largest LGBTQ+ fan club, rallying together with shared queerness and a shared love for Arsenal. Celebrating with them, documenting their day and that being used to champion LGBTQ+ football fans felt glorious, to say the least. Especially when Arsenal liked the pictures so much they shared them on their own channels - provoking swathes of homophobic responses, proving that we were pissing off the right people. Having the club I've ADORED for almost 2 decades sharing my work was madness. Still feels unreal. - Big up @kaixstone on the assist and being an absolute hero. Big up @29.02 for being a dream to work with.
#2 of a wild weekend - a night with goddesses. - I've been wanting to shoot at @aphrodyki for forever. Going there has become a staple of my life in London, with a predictably banging playlist spun by wonderful DJs and a wicked crowd. It was a beautiful way to end a day celebrating Pride in London. What a place to feel proud in. - Shooting nights like this makes me feel like a teenager again, when I'd always bring my scrappy, bulky DSLR along to any house party, gathering, or night in a park - waking up to relentless posts on my Facebook wall asking "where are the photos from last night?". My Facebook memories constantly remind me of this duty I took VERY seriously as a mardy teenager. It's a very warm and familiar feeling - people letting loose around you and knowing that you're able to provide them with an account of their night, the moments we cherish, laugh over, and those that may slip us by. There's also lowkey something to be said about using photography as a safety net in anxious moments in huge group environments but I'll save that for another day. - #dykipride
Last weekend in three posts: #1 - A sunny afternoon with these ballers. - On Sunday, I played myself by making plans on opposite sides of London on the SAME DAY AS THE WORLD CUP FINAL. By the time I got to Wembley, I was hot, sweaty, disoriented and late. I ran around searching for a football pitch in a car park - with no-one I asked giving up any useful information at all. The lengthy search was worth it. @footballjourneys were hosting their first ever girls football tournament, bringing together young players from across London to compete against and learn about each other. For me, trekking from Walthamstow to Wembley had been a logistical inconvenience but not a big deal beyond that. For many of these players, leaving their area and coming to Wembley to play against teams from places they'd never stepped foot in was monumental. - I'd witnessed Football Journeys magic at work before, with my favourites @oursisterhood and @hackneylaces - it was an honour to be invited back to shoot ambassadors and participants from across the city. It felt like an evolution on both parts - with the LFJ team and ambassadors stepping up to run a brilliant, inclusive and engaging tournament, and me feeling at a new level with my approach to portraiture and documentary photography. Growth is a team sport. The class, sportspersonship and enthusiasm that these ballers displayed was beautiful and I am EXCITED to see where they all go from here. - First image shot on film with a Nikon F5. Remaining on a Canon 6D.
Good goals gone bad
A gorgeous gang having a wholesome afternoon.
A gorgeous gang having a wholesome afternoon.
A gorgeous gang having a wholesome afternoon.
Had a whirlwind weekend in France with @adidaslondon for the Women's World Cup, catching both the opening game and England v Scotland. It was rad. Capturing the beautiful people of our footballing communities will never get boring. ❤️
So France kicked off the women's world cup IN STYLE with a SOLD OUT STADIUM and a 4-0 win. An absolute privilege to have been here. - Big up @adidaslondon for the opportunity. Keep your eyes peeled for more 👀
Tsedenia by Edith - Edith by Tsedenia - Grateful for friendships like ours, built on vulnerability, good taste, and a great eye for lighting. Big up T for being a fab human in my life.
Turned up to @dontsleeponus_ a while back and the lighting was gorgeous and I wanted to be helpful so I snapped some of the fab people there looking majestic. #betterlatethannever #fromthearchives
👋 spotted having a bloody lovely time at @mam_sham_ 📷: @susana_rf
Took mum to Margate for a day out on her birthday. And by that I mean, she drove us to Margate and I bought us vegan sausage rolls from Greggs at the services, and toured us round the turner. She refused to go to the roller disco with me but I coaxed her onto the beach and took snaps on her childhood camera. It was bloody lovely and I cherish that now we're both mature, independent adults, we are wonderful friends.
Gang. - On a real though, being part of @specialguestldn has introduced me to some of the most wonderful humans, here's a few of them. @karimahhassan invited us to her family home in Newport and our wacky little bunch spent the weekend playing board games, hunting down photo opportunities, and eating damn good food. Our events are reinventing what community can be and feel like. Come through on 2, 11, 18 and 30 April to see for yourself. - 📷 @franxisaugusto on the self-timer
My hair is short now. I still can't drive. This is not my car. Life On Mars is still one of the most iconic TV shows I've ever seen. The last time my hair was this short it had just aired on telly. If you cut your hair and get a black eye people look at you like you're a hooligan. Arsenal will have seasons like this for a while to come. @channel.twelve is lovely behind the lens.
Last Tuesday, the formidable #PowerLab squad finished our Learning Marathon by showcasing what we'd each been working on. I am still tired. I have used so much fabric paint, spent far too much money printing, stayed up ridiculously late transcribing and editing, used up far too many GB of space. All those insta posts about those interviews? This is the installation they turned into. Given the chance to present? I read out a letter to my 14 year-old self. The whole thing? So bloody worth it. - Big up everyone who's been a part of this journey. It's been f***ing real. I'm gonna continue experimenting with storytelling spaces over on @lifein.progress and @storysessionszine, and slowly but surely sharing so much of the wisdom I was fortunate to have had shared with me from the people I've worked with. - Thank you to @enrol_yourself for existing. Thank you to Amber, Kal, Dave, Ellie, Sharmin, Berta, Adrien, Mila and Maya for six mad and wonderful months.
Story Sesh #2 was wicked! - @maiyamichelle and I gathered together 11 people to create the stories and messages they wish they'd had growing up, in a variety of crafty and creative ways. I went for a soothing intergalactic message for little Edi, who had their anxious and frantic head in the stars but didn't see how considering the wonder of the universe can truly calming! - Session #3 coming in Feb. Slide into the DMs for the deets. - Thanks to all those that came down, even from as far as Bristol! Big up my crafty partner @maiyamichelle for being a great host and even better human. ❤️
It was an absolute honour to sit with Salma El-Wardany and interview her for the @lifein.progress feature series. A truly phenomenal woman with a deeply refreshing and bold attitude to life, and a strong appreciation for calendar invites that I 100% relate to. I've also wanted to shoot her for ages, ever since we met in December 2016, and how best to do it in front of an immense bookshelf and wearing a @100womeniknow t-shirt. - If you're not already familiar with her work, get on it. Following her Instagram is a great way to start - @salmaelwardany. Also give @lifein.progress a follow and keep your eyes peeled for the interview. Or come through on Tuesday and witness some of the magic! #LinkInBio and all that.
AS YOU MAY KNOW I've spent the last 6 months exploring the relationship between stories and power, trying to understand the stories that shape us and the ones that really matter. It's been the wildest ride. Big up the people that have been part of this. And I'm FINALLY showing where this has gone on the 15th Jan (come through!) and this mission will continue as @lifein.progress (follow dat). Link in bio. Watch this space.
2018. It's been a good one init. - I took this of my favourite block in Bow when leaving my house on my birthday. The last year has been one of indescribable growth, joy, challenge and excitement. I've achieved a lot and failed even more so, but the sharing feeling of this year seems more important than gramming a highlight reel. This year I caught myself in a genuine state of bliss at how comfortable I now feel, after spending so long being at war with myself and my mind. It has taken a lot of time and work but that state has for sure been a defining mood of this year. I'm still an anxious ball of flesh at times but I'm more at peace with that part of me than I ever thought I could be. Can't wait to see where 2019 goes and put some beautiful shit out into the world.
Teamed up with the phenomenal @maiyamichelle to gather together a squad and host a little afternoon creating and crafting the stories/messages we wish we could tell our younger selves, in the hopes of making a zine of that theme next year! It was an absolute dream. Session #2 in Jan 2019, slide into the DMs to get a seat the table - Big up @jony_g, @azontoeve and @suky__j for joining us and making some beautiful stuff. Endless thanks to @maiyamichelle for the sparks of inspiration and beginning to make this idea a reality. ❤️
Houseboat dweller, wicked storyteller - Another preview of my project spent sitting down with some really bold and brilliant people to talk about stories, representation and power.
And the interviews continue, this time with this guy, the extraordinary artist @julianknxx (what a great soul). A nice way to spend a rainy Monday. - Another preview of my project sitting down with some really bold and brilliant people to talk about stories, representation and power.
And the interviews continue. - I've been sitting down with some really bold and brilliant people to talk about stories, representation and power. This absolute queen will be making TV series that change the game and challenge the normalisation of bad stories and poor representation before you know it.
24 creative types, 3 social entrepreneurs and 1 dog walk into a pop-up studio made of scaffolding... And work together to produce some wicked solutions and tools for these small ideas with big missions to make an impact with. - for @gfnmothership and @theofficegroup at #FrameworkForExchange as part of @shoreditchdt
Next week. We're bringing @specialguestldn to Bootstrap, where @8o8nate and I met this time last year and for some reason we're being allowed to host 💃 - Come through to what essentially is a mash up between an open mic, community minutes and group therapy. Take a minute on stage to say/do whatever you want or need. - 🎟️🎟️🎟️ Link in bio 🎟️🎟️🎟️
Managed to fit a degree into my hectic lifestyle over the last 4 years. BASc 👌
This is a Francisco Augusto appreciation post, one of two fantastic hosts at @specialguestldn last night. An incredible force of confidence and kindness, who not only does the most, but supports and challenges those around him to do so too. He relentlessly and with great audacity has been changing my life since we became friends and I'm far happier for it. Happy birthday bro ❤️
I had the loveliest time shooting the team behind @breakingbarriersuk, learning about the ways they support refugees into quality, sustainable employment and make the UK's world of work refugee-friendly. Here's a few of them.
I feel SO GOOD AND WELL so I just thought I'd share some positive vibes cause the internet needs more of this. And share a snap of me being a sweaty mess at @specialguestldn. - I went to see a new GP a few weeks ago about a physical health problem, they then looked at my record, and asked me to come back to talk about my mental health. Somewhat daunting. Especially because I thought I had everything going smoothly. I went back last week and talked through the way my brain works and how I manage that, answered a sh*t tonne of Qs, and detailed the process I've been through over the last few years. My doctor replied with "Fair enough! Well done." The last thing I was expecting to hear and the last thing I thought I'd need to hear. But there we were. I just couldn't stop grinning. And there's no way I can take all of that credit because I fortunately have so many ace people helping me in so many different ways. So here's a big up to them. - If you're feeling well n good, put that out into the world. Share those feelings! Check in on those around you. If you're not, that's shit and I'm sorry. But keep pushing in the right direction. Let someone know where you're at. - Peace and love to all those reading. ❤️💪 - Papped by @franxisaugusto AS PER. Absolute king. 📷
A few works-in-progress from an afternoon spent with @adidaslondon, shooting ballers from @mundialmag and @ownfanclub. - Thanks to Adidas for the invitation and opportunity, @willcorneliusphotography for the guidance and support, and the other guys behind the lens who you should check out!! ( @franxisaugusto, @sp9_football, @borouhhin) - #heretocreate #watchthisspace
A few weeks ago @plantainpapers hosted @specialguestldn, and I was lucky enough to have snapped it all with a front row seat. A group of 70 strangers bared their fears, dreams, vulnerabilities, and hilarious stories with each other. There were calls for us to be better, be kinder, challenge our own perceptions, and champion those around us that are doing the most. - Special Guest is pretty wicked. We're doing another on 19th June, hosted by @thereceiptspodcast. Come through. - Also go and check out @plantainpapers because they are doing some incredible stuff.
A hilarious presence both on and off the stage. A few weeks back I had the pleasure of snapping @chloe.a.green and sharing our appreciation for good t-shirts. If you're in need of some headshots, feel free to slideeeee into these DMs. 📩