I am an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and drone pilot, with nearly 15 years’ experience shooting in over 40 countries around the world. Over that time I have worked with multiple UN agencies, governments, and dozens of NGOs and charities, creating a body of work that runs into tens of thousands of photos and over 50 films.
Because SDG6 and WASH sit underneath so many of the world’s developmental challenges, this is the area I have covered most, however, I have also worked in (but not limited to):
Before specialising as a development NGO photographer and filmmaker, I worked mainly in the commercial world including directing adverts for major brands such as Commerzbank. When I was asked to shoot a project in the Brazilian part of the Amazon in 2004, I started researching how people were shooting NGO projects and couldn’t believe how badly they were done.
Since that first film, I have always tried to bring some of the production values more normally associated with commercial photography and filmmaking into every NGO film and photography commission I have had.
Over the last decade I have developed many novel approaches to getting the best material in short periods of time, and often under extremely difficult conditions, allowing me to work as a single-man crew, often only with a translator.
Some of this knowledge went into the section of a book I wrote for publisher’s Dorling Kindersley, called Digital Photography Step by Step, and some is going into my own guide to shooting in the field that I will be releasing at the end of this year.
In 2014 I was presented with the Marco Longari award for Changing Lives by Samantha Cameron (wife of then UK’s Prime Minister) for ten years of film and photography work across Africa for the One Foundation.
I am passionate and dedicated to my job and feel extremely lucky to work in a profession that allows me to help tell stories of people who often don’t have a voice and am always interested in any new opportunities that may come along.
If you would like to get in touch, please drop me a line.