Portrait of a community
I lived in London for 14 years, starting as a photographic assistant and after a lot of hard work, managed to establish myself as a photographer during my time living there. With that really being the sole goal of being based in the capital, I count that as a successful stint living in the city!
At the beginning of 2017 my partner, Laura, and I moved our little family out of London to the west country, finally settling in Frome, in Somerset, and amazingly, were just about able to buy our first home in the September of that year.
After a while of thinking about how I could introduce myself to both the town and it's inhabitants, whilst learning about its various histories in the process, all in a very hands-on way, I decided to start a photographic portrait project, seeking to champion the extremely diverse range of people living in the town.
Of course, with a population of over 26,000, it's fairly unlikely I'll ever fully be able to document every person in the town, and that's not really the point, but by approaching a selection of the people who live, work and are key to the town in some way, I'm hoping to meet, interact and share stories with as many 'Fromes-folk' as I can.
For the moment, before I put together a little website to house the images and stories I've collated so far, the project, simply titled 'Portrait of Frome', resides on Instagram, which you can view here.
The shots above are a small selection of some the images I've made so far, and as it says on the bio, it's very much an ongoing project, but it feels great to have started it with such a positive reaction to the concept, so stay tuned for more in the future!