I am a designer, a photographer – and a risk taker.
I grew up in Namibia and South Africa - my father always had a camera in his hand, either documenting our childhood or the amazing scenes of the African continent. My uncle was also an accomplished amateur photographer and traveller and I got into photography through him, my dad and through reading magazines like Drum, Life and National Geographic. The incredible photos transported me to another world and I couldn't wait to leave school (who doesn't!) and travel the world.
I mainly achieved this but after moving to Oxford, university and life took over and whilst I travelled as much as possible, I didn't really use this time to take decent photos or any photos at all (in fact, I think I used disposal cameras - what was I thinking?!) After working as a lawyer in London, I was eventually made redundant in the recession of 2009 and it was a turning point in my life, reigniting my passion for photography.
In the middle of the recession I took the bold decision to make the transformation from unfulfilled City lawyer to full-time photographer and designer. That led to many wonderful things, like co-founding the London Photo Festival and having my work featured in publications such as The Telegraph and the Metro.
The rest they say is history- I've gone on to co-found the London Photo Festival and Mapp of London, and photography plays a pivotal part in my life. I am also pleased to say that I now have a decent camera and it comes everywhere with me!
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