Eu Migrants Portraits
During the campaign before the UK’s referendum on EU membership in 2016 there was little emphasis on the positive aspects of migration. I made this series of portraits of people, who would most likely not have been able to come to this country if we had, as was much touted, an “Australian-style” points system. I wanted to show respect for the hard work of all types of migrants in our society, not just those who already have a profession or a degree when they come here.
In June 2017, one year after the Brexit vote in the UK, there was a national day of action, calling people everywhere to imagine one day without the immigrants who have made the UK their home. These are the images from a photo booth which I ran for one hour at Oxford Town Hall on that day. This was a random selection of people who volunteered to be photographed. I am very proud to live in such a diverse city. It’s part of what makes it so special.
In May 2018 Oxford’s twin city in Grenoble held an exhibition at Maison de L’international including some of these images.
How to Make a Difference
Ever since I first became a photographer 15 years ago, I have been photographing and interviewing people who are trying to make the world a better place, in a variety of ways. This is just a small selection of the people who I have met. Some of the images demonstrate an evolution of my photography over the years. The entire back catalogue can be found on the How to Make a Difference website.