Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
I am a photographer with several linked portfolios including reportage, portraiture and fine art photography. My background as a psychotherapist and researcher documenting stories about diversity, adversity and resilience informs the fascination I have for visual imagery as a means of communication beyond words. I am now integrating both aspects of my experience by telling stories with images and words.
Currently I have two projects that I am actively working on. The first documents services that translate humanitarian emergency into medical aid in Syria – for Syrians by Syrians. This study explores three levels:
- injury prevention/damage limitation
- first response to injury/surgery in a war-zone
- remedial response to physical and psychological trauma through rehabilitation in the longer term
Given the difficulties involved, the approaches that have emerged are not only germane but also determined and resourceful, both within Syria and from bases just across its border with surrounding countries. Findings from this enquiry will be made available on a purpose built website as an archive of information, participant images and stories with varying levels of detail to address the needs of different audiences.
My second project is concerned with the architecture of refugee camps.
2014 - LBIPP, Documentary Portraiture, 2012 - Honorary Associate, University of Liverpool
'Saafia’ was injured in an aerial bombing raid on her neighbourhood in the countryside of Hama. It was not clear at first the extent of Saafia’s wounds, which seemed to be superficial and only became apparent later when she was unable to walk. A scan showed pieces of shrapnel had perforated her spine and would require more delicate surgery than was available in opposition held Syria.
Negotiating the blockade to access medical aid
'Um Zuhaira' and her daughter arrive at the Orient Eye Clinic in Reyhanli after three years of trying to negotiate the blockade imposed by The Regime around Old Homs in Syria. This epic quest for treatment for a missile related trauma to the face involved first aid in a field hospital, arrest and imprisonment for the mother and a eventually a UN negotiated agreement enabled them to leave on one of 18 buses full of injured people to Idleb. The final leg of their journey involved an eight hour trek across the mountains guided by the Free Syrian Army.