Bringing colour and life to the words on a page, a single photograph can captivate the viewer’s attention in a profound way. While providing an important visual record of events, a compelling image can evoke emotion and encourage the viewer to engage in a story, draw attention to an issue, and, in some cases, contribute to a change in policy.
Inspired by the work of great photographers whose timeless photographs are etched into our collective memory, I decided to pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist after completing a degree in Politics, striving to capture images that contribute an insight into the human cost of political and military conflicts, and humanitarian and environmental crises.
Following a few freelance assignments with local newspapers in Wales, I travelled to Palestine where I began producing photo essays about life in the West Bank and the daily struggle for Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation. From Palestine I returned to Europe to cover the refugee crisis where I spent some time in refugee camps across Greece and the unofficial camp known as the ‘Jungle’ in Calais, France. Inside the camps, I met many Kurdish and Iraqi families who had been displaced from their homes by ISIS. Hearing their stories, I wanted to better understand the horror that was driving people to flee their homes and risk their lives trying to reach the safety of European shores.
As the military operation to oust ISIS from northern Iraq was underway, I decided to head to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and an entry point to the city of Mosul. An initial two-week trip turned into almost three years covering the country’s struggle to defeat the terror group and recover from decades of conflict.
Editorial clients include, among others, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, Geographical Magazine, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Women’s Health Magazine, Middle East Eye, Der Spiegel, the Associated Press, Greenpeace Magazine, and the Institute for Middle East Understanding.
To see more of my photojournalism work, visit my projects page.