I lived with Kenji Matsuda over a two year period from 2016 - 2018. Through the personal experiences of Matsuda san, this documentary tells the story of survival and adaptation of one of the indigenous people of Japan and shows the effects of how the new laws imposed by the Japanese at the time instilled a lasting shame in the Ainu people due to their cultural heritage.
Matsuda san, known as ‘Master’ (which roughly translates to Boss in English) to his family, colleagues and patrons, has grown up sandwiched between two generations of Ainu which have very different attitudes towards their heritage. Whilst his grandparent’s generation encouraged their children and grandchildren to assimilate for fear of discrimination and being held back, recent generations have started to demand recognition of their indigenous status, which was finally given in February 2019.
Here are a selection of photos from the story, which has been shown at:
The Brunei Gallery, SOAS (Oct - Dec 2018)
Sway Gallery London (Mar - Apr 2019)
Sway Gallery Stockholm (May 2019)
ICP Museum, New York (May 2019)
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Portraits of sufferers of Bladder cancer taken for UK based charity ‘Fight Bladder Cancer’ - the only UK based bladder cancer charity.
From India to Nepal , Japan (where I lived for 8years), Thailand to The Philippines…and a few days in Singapore, I rarely leave home without a camera as I never know who I might meet. Street photography and in particular street portraits is what started me on the path of photography and along with travel it is still my main passion.
I covered the Himalayan Rush Triathlon 2017 as the main photographer and also the 2017 Asian Enduro Series, whilst probably not as much fun as being in the races, I love searching out the best spots for photos in these huge lansdscapes and capturing the spirit of the event.
..looking back at my life at the age of 62, I thought my life was something runaway. Runaway all the time runaway, runaway from my bossy brother, and runaway from family at the age of 16. I came up to Tokyo and found a job and went to night school. After that when I finished night school I got a job as a sales person and worked for 5 years selling general merchandise 7 days a week. I got fed up with it and at that time (1973) there was some kind of boom for young people to go overseas, so I followed the trend and took off from Japan to go to Europe. Then I ended up in England. I went across Siberia on train and aeroplane, so that was a kind of runaway again.
The above is an extract from the project ‘Dancing In The Streets’ - a story about the life of Koisou Matsuyoshi, A homeless man living on the streest of Tokyo, who found a calling in life through dance.
I spent 4 nights sleeping on the streets with Matsuyoshi san and the following 2 years working with him and his dance group ‘Sokerissa’, photographing their events and training sessions as well as working on this story.
We Are London is a personal project telling the story of my favourite capital city through the lives of the people that make it what it is. Partly inspired by Brexit, I felt the need to show what it is that I love about London - a city whose identity is based on the diversity of cultures and the harmony that exists between Londoners and make the capital unique in my eyes.
My work has been featured in publications including Travel 360 - Air Asia, Lava Magazine and Tokyo Weekender.