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About my work The portfolio on this site contains a selection of my work since 1998 (with one or two dating back earlier than that). It includes portraits, and photographs taken from personal projects.

Many of my photographs originate on film, and are carefully hand-printed in the darkroom onto silver gelatin fibre-based paper. They are normally toned using a variety of traditional methods, usually using selenium alone, and sometimes sepia or gold, where toning will improve both the aesthetic appearance and the archival quality of the work.

I also use digital cameras and printing methods, using an Epson 3880 printer. My Photo Book 'A Garden' contains photographs made on film; scans of negatives or prints are used in order to print in book form, using pigment inks and finest quality archival 100% cotton rag paper. More recently, I have been using Japanese washi paper for single prints.

Photo Bio I have studied both Photography and Fine Printing at Central St Martin's School of Art, and the City Lit, both of which have an excellent programme of part-time courses. Later I took a fulltime course (HNC) at South Thames College, London (finishing 2004). I have also taken courses in the conservation of paper-based materials, including photographs, in the extra-mural department of Camberwell School of Art. In 2005 I was granted the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society.

I gratefully acknowledge the influence of story-telling, my children, and the power of personal and family history in my photographic work.

Out There


Exhibitions/ Publications


Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition, University of New South Wales Academy Library,
Canberra, NSW.
Mon 28 Sept - Fri 11 Dec 2015

Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland (Australia)
29 March-10 May 2015

An image from 'A Garden' was chosen from 109 other works for the cover of the Redland Art Gallery
seasonal programme. The book was showcased in the foyer of the programme launch along with work by
Bianca Tshanker of Spain and Katya Reka of U.S.A.

Art Lacuna Handmade Artist Book Fair, December 2014

LENSCRATCH Night Exhibition 2013

LENSCRATCH Backyard Exhibition 2013

LENSCRATCH Back to School Exhibition 2011

Wandsworth Artists Open House 2010 (link to interview on Tooting Artists Website)

Ilford Photo Commemorative Box 2009

WIPI Member Spotlight April-Oct 2007

The Portrait Top 25 2006 (Women In Photography International)

Ilford/APUG Postcard Competition 2006- finalist. Published in Emulsion Magazine 2006

Méliès Café Gallery, S. London 'Reflections'Jan 2005 (Solo)

Kingsgate Gallery N. London 'Behind the Scenes' Sept 1998 (Group)



Artist handmade Photo Book 'A Garden', 2014

A collection of 52 photographs

Pigment printed onto archival 100% cotton rag paper, cased in (using archival board), and boxed.
Both book and box are cloth-bound.



Commended, International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013, Monochrome section, for 'Two Paths'.

Finalist, The Portrait Top 25 2006 (Women in Photography International), for 'After Swimming'.

Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society, 2005