UNIQUELY HARPENDEN

‘Invent your world.  Surround yourself with people, colour, sounds and work that nourishes you.’  Sark

Harpenden, Hertfordshire has been my base for almost 15 years. I began my photographic journey five years ago and have collaborated with local inhabitants to showcase some of the unique character of the town each year. If you would like to take part in the creative process, please request to join my Facebook Group Harpenden through the lens. The only requirement is that you’re local!

#Harpendenreds

This delightful burst of colour shows off some of the vibrance of our town and is best presented on a block mount. Prints available.

This delightful burst of colour shows off some of the vibrance of our town and is best presented on a block mount. Prints available.

I can’t help but smile when I look at this flaming collection of colour. I’ve always had a soft spot for redheads and Harpenden is filled with these bright, adventurous souls. There are so many shades of reds too. I loved this project. It was an honour to meet and photograph these wonderful characters and I’m most grateful they participated in this crazy artwork!

Prices start at £20 for an 8 x 10 inch print.


#SHEINSPIRES 2018

Janet Crawley was voted the most inspirational person in Harpenden for her special love and care for dementia residents at St Matthews in Redbourn. I visited the setting on two occasions to photograph the love, light and life she brings to the home. Prints of these images are available, all profits to St Matthews.

#SHEINSPIRES 2019

Due to popular demand, we’re running this initiative for the second year. If you would like to nominate an inspirational person, please click here on how to get involved.


what’s next?

  • #sheinspires 2019 - the winner will be announced on 31 March 2019 (Mother’s Day)

  • #furcoatnoknickers A group of Harpenden women are gathering for a Vanity-Fair-style cheeky group portrait in May 2019

#harpendenshoes

A great conversation piece, this much loved piece is best mounted and framed in ebony and glass. Prints available.

A great conversation piece, this much loved piece is best mounted and framed in ebony and glass. Prints available.

Harpenden Shoes is a photographic art work of a collection of resident’s shoes on their owner’s feet to celebrate the beauty and diversity of this key fashion accessory; about 37 shoe lovers signed up their feet and shoes.

During the shoots, I saw strangers converted to friends in minutes; and quiet people light up my studio with personality. This project was not about photographs of shoes, which is how it started, it became about paying homage to shoes and showing how they bring confidence, meaning, and even change to our lives.

Prices start at £20 for an A4 print.


#HARPENDENBEAUTYSPOTS

The sun lights up the mist rising off the River Lea on a frosty morning. Magical.

The sun lights up the mist rising off the River Lea on a frosty morning. Magical.

I’ve been working on this project since 2017 and it is going to take a few years. I would like to capture the bloom of spring blossoms, the magic of snow, autumn leaves in the park, dells of bluebells at the Oval, the vast green of summer fields, dancing poppy heads… and it all takes time. I would like the beauty spots to be special images. Keepers. The members of my Harpenden through the lens FaceBook group help by letting me know when they find special beauty spots too.


#harpendendoors

Perfect in the heart of the home, the doors look beautiful mounted and framed in light oak and glass. Prints available.

Perfect in the heart of the home, the doors look beautiful mounted and framed in light oak and glass. Prints available.

I’ve always admired beautiful doorways, and I’m sure a front door does say a little about the people who live there.  

In the summer of 2015, I started a personal project to photograph the doorways of Harpenden that caught my attention. They didn’t have to be fancy or perfectly kept; just interesting.

A few of my clients have requested an explanation of where these doorways can be found, so please ask if you would like a ‘doorway treasure hunt’ to accompany the work.

Prices start at £20 for an A4 print.


#harpendenletters

Letters of iconic and special landmarks and places in Harpenden which make up the town’s name.

Letters of iconic and special landmarks and places in Harpenden which make up the town’s name.

Inspired by Camden Market, I photographed some of the little details of Harpenden to make up it’s name. Try and get your visitors to guess where each of the letters was photographed!  This artwork can only be purchased framed as it is a non-standard landscape format. POA.


#HARPENDENdogs

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In 2018 I collaborated with the DogsTrust in Harpenden. Their charity shop in Station Road was devastated by fire and they desperately needed funds to refurbish and restore it. I held two PAWTRAIT shoots in Spring - both indoors and outdoors - and proceeds were donated to the shop. This was an amazing project - so many Harpenden Dogs took part we were able to raise £430 for the Trust. I am also producing an artwork from the photographs taken which I hope to finish by summer 2019 - watch this space!