A snapshot of freelance life

The question that strikes fear into many a freelancer: ‘What are you working on?’. While I always wish I could be spending more time on personal projects, the reality is that self-employment is a delicate balance between time and money. So, here is a snapshot of what I’ve been working on over the past few months; some enjoyable jobs and an exciting new filmmaking venture which has kept me ticking along and led up to Chinese New Year once again.

Our Favourite Places recently launched their new guide ‘to the creative and unconventionally beautiful city of Sheffield’. My Favourite People to work with, they sent me packing with a list of all the places I’d happily hang out at all day long, which, if I didn’t have a camera and a reason, could become problematic.

Above photos: Upshot Espresso, Gigi’s, Ashoka, Marmadukes Cafe Deli, Hop Hideout, and La Coppola (at the very top).

Looking out for the lion parade to welcome in the Year of the Monkey.

Pigsy! Strong Journey to the West theme in this year’s Chinese New Year Gala at the City Hall.

Performers from Wanlin School of Dance checking their cue. Photos of mine featuring the dance school in rehearsals and backstage will feature in an upcoming Archive Sheffield newspaper; we’re delighted to have been selected for funding from the Year of Making initiative in Sheffield which will enable us produce four new publications and accompanying exhibitions this year.

At the end of summer last year, Eleven Design commissioned me for their work with The Outdoor City – aimed at recognising the importance of the outdoors to Sheffield’s identity. Here are some picture postcards of pretty places that surround the city: Stanage Edge, Ladybower Reservoir, Blacka Moor, Wyming Brook and Higger Tor. Lucky us.


From the Peaks to the Shire; I’ve been working with artists Ruth Levene and Anne-Marie Culhane to document their brilliant ‘A Field of Wheat’ project – a collective who have taken ownership of a field in Lincolnshire for a year.

Taking the wheat to the City and learning from Brett Scott, campaigner, former broker & author of ‘The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money’.

I was asked to photograph a special Christmas lunch for a small voluntary group supporting homeless Polish people in Sheffield.

Lately, I’ve joined forces with Nathan Gibson and Andy Brown as Picture Story Productions for filmmaking work. Having worked together on video projects over the past few years we decided it was time to give ourselves a name and enlisted the skills of Jon Cannon to develop our logo and identity. We’ve produced a number of films for the University of Sheffield and will soon be releasing short films focusing on individual experiences of mental health issues,  commissioned by Sheffield Flourish, a new website for a mental health friendly community.

Nathan Gibson and I are continuing a documentary film project with the Filey Fisherman’s Choir, travelling to the North Yorkshire coast when we can to visit the choir members and further develop our work. Here are Pat, Jim, the choir at rehearsal and Jim making lobster nets at home.

I re-edited some film/photo work from a project back in 2012, Youzi/the Wanderers, to make a short piece about Chinese student lives in the UK, for an Archive Sheffield film night in November.

And finally, earlier this year I photographed Tristram Hunt MP during the launch of his Stoke Maths Excellence Project.