The 2019 London Tattoo Convention

Now in its fifteenth year, I recently spent three days at this world famous event where I was given the freedom to shoot what I wanted and how I wanted. I have been to a few tattoo conventions over the years, and it’s evident that times have changed. In the past you would see very few people having their heads inked, but now it is commonplace, and total body coverage is also more evident…I know this because of the number of (mainly men) wandering around in a G string. Thousands of people from all corners of the world come to this event, which is regarded as one of the best of the year. Some of the most talented and creative tattooists in the world set up shop for three days and most are fully booked for months in advance. My interest lay in the place where the ink is applied, where strange juxtapositions occur, and where the most intimate but short lived friendships are witnessed by those who stand and admire, or in my case, photograph.


Photography is more than a job for me, and my passion for the craft is as vibrant now as it was when I started this journey 25 years ago. Whether it is a single image or a series, my aim is to tell a story.

I am known, and commissioned, for my ability to shoot portraits, landscapes, travel and automotive. I have photographed business leaders, environmentalists, rock stars, actors, authors, sportsmen and women, Hells Angels and politicians all around the world.

Before a shoot, I do as much research as I can and seek to make the experience collaborative. I always prepare and go with a plan, but I also remain ready to respond to whatever happens on the day. Key to my approach is connecting with the subject, art department or client on the day.

I have travelled to nearly 70 countries for clients ranging from Jaguar, Volvo, Polestar, Land Rover, De Beers, Ocado and British Airways. My work has been published in Campaign, Shortlist, The Guardian, BA High Life, New York Times, Management Today, The Telegraph, One Life and the London Olympics Official Programme, to name a few. I also have had two photographic books published. Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Rockin’ (The Rockabilly Scene). I have had my work exhibited in galleries in the UK, North America and Europe.


I work for a variety of clients in a variety of sectors, meeting the challenges that are thrown my way.

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