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 will launch at the Holding Space in Saltaire in February 2019.
See you there!