Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Brits Abroad on Display in Sheffield

Francesca Sadlier - A Brit Abroad

Pictures from my Brits Abroad project are on display as part of the Migration Stories exhibition that is being hosted by Sheffield University.

28th-30th May
Sheffield Winter Garden

Lisa Sadleir - A Brit Abroad

The exhibition tells the story of two migrations: the first is about people who come from other countries to live in Sheffield and the second is about British people who go to live overseas. By bringing these two stories together, the purpose of our exhibition is to highlight the complexity of migration as a two-way street, including both the diverse groups of people who arrive and those who leave.
The exhibition is one of a series of events aiming to inform local debate around migration during 2014 and 2015. The events have been organised in partnership by Sheffield BME Network, City of Sanctuary Sheffield, the Cohesion Advisory Group, Northern Refugee Centre, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The exhibition also celebrates 65 years of Social Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Ken Schooler - A Brit Abroad
David Marshall - A Brit Abroad
Jyoti Tyler - A Brit Abroad

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Juliette and Her Family for Healthy


I am very privileged that I often get to join other people's lives and discover their achievements and struggles in an very intimate way. The lovely people at Healthy asked me to photograph Juliette and her family in her home in Birmingham. After each of Juliette's children were born she suffered from postnatal depression and was keen to share her story to help others who might go through the same challenges. When I met Juliette I discovered a strong and determined woman with a great inner strength that I was determined to show this in my photographs. I also discovered first hand just how difficult it can be to control three excited children, particularly when there is lighting equipment scattered around the floor for them to climb over and under.* So I thought why not show this part of family life as well...

*no children were harmed during the making of these photographs. 


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Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Eggs of New York


Near the end of March I got an email asking me to be in New York three days later. Excitement ensued but was soon overtaken by the need to organise the trip at such late notice. A bit of re-prioritising combined with a couple late nights and I was soon boarding my flight heading to JFK airport.

I was there to photograph The Big Egg Hunt, a massive charity event where giant eggs were painted by top artists and designers and then put in fantastic locations all around the city. I had worked on the Big Egg Hunt when it was in London two years ago and then when it toured the UK last year, so it was great to get to travel to America for this year's hunt.

Having never been to NYC before this was the best introduction I could have asked for: the job took me 65 stories up in the Rockefeller, got me backstage access on The Today Show, put me in countless yellow taxis, gave me the chance to eat donuts with the local, drink coffee with the expats and generally go all over this wonderful city.

My aim was to produce an image library that encouraged people to go out and find the eggs that were distributed all around the city. These images would be used on social media, in the press and in the auction catalogue to help promote the event and to push auction prices higher. It was pretty amazing to see my images published all over the place including in The New York Times, The Telegraph Online, InStyle online and countless other media outlets I haven't managed to find.


Whilst working I had the honour of meeting the amazing Mark Shand. He tragically died a few weeks later and will be sorely missed by his friends at the Elephant Family. Here he is with his elephant tattoo...


Thanks so much to everyone at the Big Egg Hunt, the Elephant Family and Saatchi NY for making me feel so welcome in New York.

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