I am a London-based photographer, interested in discovering and documenting the overlooked, discarded, and forgotten, and exploring how photography can help us capture a memory, retrieve the past, and deal with loss. An interest in how we respond to, commemorate, and relate to death informs much of my photographic practice. During lockdown in 2020 and 2021 I have found solace walking in the vast overgrown and wooded spaces of Brompton Cemetery – one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian garden cemeteries –a place of relaxation, a haven for wildlife, and an inspiration for writers and artists right in the center of London. Many of the graves in Brompton are unmarked, decaying and their inscriptions have worn away. The photos in the series Lost and Found imagine the traces of past Londoners resting there, particularly those of the many unnamed women who are described in epitaphs simply as ‘mother’, ‘wife’, ‘sister’ or ‘daughter’. These experimental photographs are made using a combination of vintage cabinet cards, digital and analogue photography, and an iPhone.

Artist statement

I am a London-based photographer, interested in discovering and documenting the overlooked, discarded, and forgotten, and exploring how photography can help us capture a memory, retrieve the past, and deal with loss. An interest in how we respond to, commemorate, and relate to death informs much of my photographic practice.

During lockdown in 2020 and 2021 I have found solace walking in the vast overgrown and wooded spaces of Brompton Cemetery – one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian garden cemeteries –a place of relaxation, a haven for wildlife, and inspiration for writers and artists right in the center of London. Many of the graves in Brompton are unmarked, decaying and their inscriptions have worn away. The photos in the series Lost and Found imagine the traces of past Londoners resting there, particularly those of the many unnamed women who are described in epitaphs simply as ‘mother’, ‘wife’, ‘sister’ or ‘daughter’. These experimental photographs are made using a combination of vintage cabinet cards, digital and analogue photography, and an iPhone.

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