Projects

We Are Bess


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I was asked to take portraits of British women this summer for the National Trust. The idea was to use modern women’s voices to retell the story of Bess of Hardwick, 16th century wife, mother, landowner, and builder of Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth House. It was a huge privilege to take part in the project, and to see the images displayed in such a grand room is amazing!

The exhibition is open now until May next year. You can read more about the project here. 

 

 

 

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Portrait of Britain 2018


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One of my images was chosen out of 13,000 entries to this year’s Portrait of Britain prize. My portrait of folk dancer Alex has now been published in the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain book. Alex was also shown on JCDecaux billboards around the country.

There are some incredible shots in the book so I’m in great company! Thanks to BJP for choosing my work, and to all the Morris dancers keeping the folk dream alive. You can see the rest of the images in this body of work¬†here. I’m hoping to have time next year to carry on with the project and maybe one day to make a book. Working title: The World of Morris.

 

 

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Common People


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Having a clear out and back-up and found these shots from Common People festival in Southampton May 2015. It’s the urban version of Rob da Bank’s Bestival. A field of music and colour. Fun times!

 

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Leanne and Leon


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I was lucky enough to capture the fun and frivolity of a seaside wedding. Leon and Leanne tied the knot on a blustery day in Weymouth. The clouds broke for a few moments when we were on the beach – in perfect timing for some lovely shots down by the colourful beach huts.
No need to pose these two – they were clearly as happy as larry, and very fun to photograph. What a lovely day.

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Agincourt


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Historical reenactors play out the day soldiers left Portchester Castle for the battle of Agincourt

All pics courtesy of Newsquest

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Goan carnival


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Some informal portraits from Southampton Goan community’s annual carnival

All pics courtesy of Newsquest

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Southern Daily Echo


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I got my ideal job with a local paper in June 2014 – just in the nick of time. The Southampton office of the Southern Daily Echo used to have 14 photographers – now it has two. So I was well aware the role probably wouldn’t last, as local papers across the country sack photographers in favour of ‘user generated content,’ ie free pictures.
Instead of being made redundant in the last ‘cull’ however, in October last year I was offered an alternative role as multimedia reporter, so now I’m training in shorthand and media law, still using my photography skills but writing more.

Here are some of my pics from stories I worked on as a photographer.

All pics courtesy of Newsquest

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Homoelectric


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A brief trip back up to Manchester for the Easter weekend meant I could look in on a clubnight I used to love – Homoelectric. Since its former venue Legends has been demolished, it now takes over various Manchester haunts, and this one was at the severely delapidated Antwerpt Mansion, slap bang in the middle of the curry mile. It’s great to get the culture clash of drag queens in outrageous outfits staggering about the back streets while asian boys style it out on the bonnets of their shiny cars. It felt like the floor of the main room would collapse at any time – either that or the roof would lift off with Jamie Bull’s disco tunes.
It was great to get a slug of proper back street gay clubbing, after the south coast’s decidedly more suburban nightlife. Although those cans of Red Stripe seem to last far longer than they used to.

All pics copyright of Rachel Adams – see terms and conditions

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Bestival 2015


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I had such a good time at my first Bestival I had to blog the pics. Such a great festival – colourful, fun, diverse, loud, sunny, sparkly…I think I have found my happy place! Not only did we meet the Chuckle Brothers, and sat in the back of Craig David’s people carrier (he moved his boxes of Cadbury’s chocolate fingers specially) but Daily Echo reporter Maxwell and I met The Jacksons. As in Michael’s Jacksons. I didn’t realise the enormity of it til after the 5 minute meeting, and I didn’t think to have my picture taken with them…but yes, it was a great weekend.

All pics courtesy of Newsquest

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Bournemouth beach


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Some favourite shots from Bournemouth beach whilst working for Bournemouth News and Picture Service.

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