This month I travelled to Canada for 10 days, visiting Vancouver for the first time since I moved back to London in 2002. The short trip included a drive through the interior to southern British Columbia and up through Radium and Banff to Calgary. British Columbia has had major forest fires this summer and although the situation had improved by the time I arrived, new fires were still breaking out across the southern border. The highway to Banff showed the effects of previous fire damage, with huge amounts of forests burnt and destroyed. Despite this, it was still a joy to see the incredible landscape that leads you through BC to Alberta, with its majestic mountains and clear water lakes.
At the end of last month I found out that a photograph of mine had been shortlisted for the Royal West of England Academy annual open exhibition and at the end of September I will hear if the work has made it to the final selection.
I also submitted a photograph to the London Independent Photography annual exhibition and that work was recently selected. The image, from the Unseen Landscape series, will be on display at Espacio Gallery, London in the first week of October.
At the end of last month I went to Chichester, West Sussex, to photograph Gillian Keegan MP, for the 209 Women Project. This project involves 209 female photographers creating portraits of the 209 female MPs, to mark the centenary of women achieving the vote in 1918. There will be an exhibition of all the images at Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster from 14 December (tbc), and the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool in February 2019. The project is organised by Hilary Wood, (founder of '209 Women' and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, Co- Director of Northern Narratives arts initiative) and Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine). I really enjoyed the shoot with Gillian Keegan MP, which took place at Chichester Cathedral and the nearby Bishop Palace Gardens, and am so pleased to have been invited to take part in this project.