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A Year In Photos

I was inspired by photographer Olivia Bolles' visual summation of her year for i-D and as imitation is the greatest form of flattery I also stole the idea. It has turned into a rather exhaustive summary of a strange year of flux; finishing university and not knowing quite what to do next. Goodbye 2016, you were good to me if no one else.

HB at the Tate Modern

HB at the Tate Modern

January
I committed to culture and unemployment. I split my time between London and Bristol, I saw multiple plays a week, joined an orchestra, watched a lot of films, saw a lot of art, but mainly drank infinite coffees with infinite friends.

Aleks Cvetkovic and Edward Sexton's Dominic Sebag-Montefiore for  The Rake  magazine

Aleks Cvetkovic and Edward Sexton's Dominic Sebag-Montefiore for The Rake magazine

February
I began freelancing proper. I made a website (welcome!) and people started regularly paying me to take pictures: I shot my first editorial spread for The Rake magazine, I did a lot of headshots, and I began an (ongoing? unfinished?) photography series on tattoos.

March
Travel. A day in Paris, a road trip to Cornwall, 48 hours in a shepherd's hut in Wales and a day in Ireland for a family funeral.

London --> Bristol

London --> Bristol

The view from Hatfield Gardens, Bath

The view from Hatfield Gardens, Bath

May
I took the plunge and moved to the South West for an internship. I lived somewhere beautiful, I cycled to work, I read endlessly, I reconnected with my cameras, and the weather was flawless for an entire month.

Bath selfie

Bath selfie

June
I got lonely and I missed London. (Brexit happened.)

Tati at Brainchild Festival

Tati at Brainchild Festival

July
My internship ended and I promised myself a job-search-free summer. I photographed my first wedding and shot my first short film (in Frankfurt!) and went to my first Brainchild Festival.

Jonathan and Cato in Charroux Poitou-Charentes

Jonathan and Cato in Charroux Poitou-Charentes

August
The first film I ever worked on came out (it was bad). I summered in France and Buckinghamshire. I went to a lot of job interviews.

The Duke of York steps

The Duke of York steps

September
I started a job at the ICA and began commuting somewhere beautiful every morning to interview artists, photograph fashion shows and invite people for drinks in my workplace. (amongst other, less glamorous things.)

Gráinne O'Mahoney  in the open dress rehearsal for  Callisto: A Queer Epic

Gráinne O'Mahoney in the open dress rehearsal for Callisto: A Queer Epic

October
I spent a lot of time remembering how to get up before 9 every day. I bought Doc Martens and they changed my life. I became Company Photographer and Marketing Associate for Forward Arena, and helped sell out their transfer to the Arcola Theatre.

Brendan in Florence 

Brendan in Florence 

November
I perfected the art of the long weekend away in Manchester and then Florence and I poisoned myself with extreme amounts of booze at work and at play.

Christmas at Silver Crescent

Christmas at Silver Crescent

December
I joined a book club. I left a wedding party at 10pm. I went to the ballet. My partner moved in with meI visited Amsterdam and didn’t smoke any weed as I felt like I was coming down with something. The year ended and clearly so did my youth.