My yearly review got a bit delayed this year, I’ve had it ready to go for about three weeks, but the included images have changed on an almost daily basis. For the first time, all the images were shot on film – I’ve returned to using analogue, almost exclusively, for all of my personal work. I’m currently working on the final project for a Master’s degree in photojournalism and documentary photography, so I’ve shot very little in the way of commercial work, however, even the small amount I have done has been made using film.
The early part of 2016 was pretty hectic – I spent the New Year collating the images from my three visits to the migrant camps of northern France; the photo-essay is only just gaining interest a year later, now that The Jungle, the largest of the camps, has been closed.
The Spring saw me in Tokyo for two weeks with my daughter, Jessica, a trip we will never forget and hope to repeat soon. After Japan, I was home for a day and then went on a 6500 mile, two-week working road trip around Scandinavia with two good friends, and fellow photographers, John Coldwell and Mark Hillyer.
The rest of the year I spent erecting marquees, I moved into and out of a flat and met my new partner, the very lovely Hannah. Hannah, as well as being my biggest fan and harshest critic, also models for me.
I’ve been accused of ‘losing my way’, artistically, of late, but I have to disagree – you can only lose your way if you don’t know where you’re going, and I know where I’m going. However, this year I am going back to shooting the types of straight, simple portraits, of men and women, that most people are used to.
As usual, the images here aren’t necessarily the most successful photographs I’ve taken in the last year; they’re simply my personal favourites. So here they are, in no particular order.