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Sea Prayers

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On our first day at Morro Bay, we took a casual stroll towards the beach. This was our first stop of the road trip after leaving LA.

While I was totally absorbed in the setting sun and dusky light behind Morro Rock, a young man walked up next to us. As if there was no one else around, he started to throwing pebbles into the sea.

A conversation started shortly after, though I cannot remember how, or who started it. 

He comes here almost everyday with his father, for shark fishing, something they've been doing since he was a boy. His mother died of cancer a year ago, he still comes to the beach with his father just as often as before. Only his father continues to fish, he started throwing beach pebbles into the ponding waves.

"Those are my prayers, they carry my whispers to my mother".

"I talk to her every time when I come here, so she won't miss me too much".

After he finished talking to his mother, I turned away from the rock, aimed at the direction where he had stood, took the last frame of the day, looking out towards the sea and the worlds beyond our souls.

 Limited edition prints available, click image to purchase.

Limited edition prints available, click image to purchase.

Brighton Photography Biennial 2016, it's official!

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 Production still from my short film to be shown at Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

Production still from my short film to be shown at Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

It's official, our collective has been selected by Brighton Photo Biennial 2016!

I have finished filming on location in Macclesfield Forest, a short story set in the dystopian future 30 years from now.

We are busy editing, scoring and grading the footage, the short film will be coming to a tablet near you soon!

Win at IPA Lucie Award!

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My travel landscape series "America Wonders" recently won the 2nd place at the prestigious IPA Lucie Award!

To commemorate the occasion, I have produced a limited edition zine featuring the winning series, you can order prints from the online shop, too!

Winner of 2015 Format Photography Festival Portfolio Awards!

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I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Metro Imaging Portfolio Awards at this year's Format Photography Festival in Derby!

It was my first attendance, to make the most out of the day, I managed to meet seven industry figures discussing my work and upcoming projects. 

Nerve wrecking? Yes! Exciting? Yes! Fruitful? Very much so!

I walked away with constructive criticism from photo editors, publishers, curators and mentors, their sound advice will no doubt help me navigate the future path, and I look forward to attend the sessions next year, hopefully with fresh work that will stand up strong in front of all judges again.

Thank you for your support and such a humbling experience!