Hi there, I am Shy (by name!)
My photography journey happened quite by chance in my early twenties when I was travelling around Italy with a Leica M3. It inspired me to come back to the UK and commit to a Photography HND course at Bradford College. After graduating in 2005, I decided to chance it and worked freelance for a number of years. I took on numerous weddings and event projects, and was hired by a studio portraiture company as a studio photographer. This inspired me to set up my own studio in 2012, where I worked in the heart of Shipley, West Yorkshire, for over two years.
I also took on more wedding and corporate event commissions. This is a service I still offer today as I am fortunate to work with great clients, who delight in participating in my vision for a 'movie star' experience. (Please check out the 'Wedding' and 'Events' galleries.)
When I gave up the studio in 2015, my photography took on another dimension. For the first time I immersed myself in 'Social Documentary' work, when I started collaborating with 'The Real Junk Food Project.' A fantastic waste food initiative, it gave me the platform I needed to explore a more social conscious frame of reference. This culminated in a very successful exhibition launch in Saltaire and a revised launch at the Saltaire Arts Trail in 2016.
Propelled by the reception of TRJFP project, I started collaborating with the 'Butterfly Project', which resulted in a rapturous exhibition at Kala Sangam in November 2016. Back firmly on 'home turf,' I moved onto briefly documenting the ongoing Regeneration of Bradford City Centre, on the back of which another exhibition launched in March 2017, on the Big Screen Bradford. I have also gone back to my 'spiritual home' at Bradford College and guest lectured on a number of occasions to the BA Photography students.
2018 saw the completion of my biggest project yet. 'Forty' was inspired by me turning forty years old in February 2018 and I wanted to explore the ‘individualistic truths’ of what it meant to be that age in 2018 to a group of forty participants. This culminated in an exhibition of the first twenty ‘shychetype’ conceptual portraits at the Saltaire Festival in September 2018 and a feature on the Big Screen Bradford at the Illuminate Festival. The final forty portraits launched at the Holding Space in Saltaire in February 2019 and will feature until May 21st 2019 - please check it out now!
See you there!