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‘I am by nature instinctive. I trusted my gut instincts when I left behind my career as a graphic designer to pick up a camera as a visual adventurer. I continue to follow my intuition now as photographer and visual artist for Visual Marvelry. It is a personalised approach that I have developed for both conceptualisation and creative art direction whether applied to advertising, editorial or portraiture.
Over time I have honed my creativity and my artistic style has revealed itself. My camera is my voice , and what I create speaks for and to me; I could not imagine my life without it. I’m driven by my desire to encapsulate authenticity in a chosen moment, whilst dissolving anything that gets in the way of connecting with a great image. My role is to absolutely eliminate distraction, which is why my equipment is minimal and my use of natural light is paramount to my approach. I’m passionate about the limitless possibilities that come from cross fertilisation and collaborating with people who understand that by working together we can create something amazing. I value time with my clients to determine their motivations and ambitions, these provide opportunities for understanding and synergy.
I am not afraid to let things happen, I trust in serendipity and the unexpected, allowing the results to speak for themselves.’
“A creative expression of how I make sense of the world.” Agenda.
THE NEW CHIEFTAINS _ CELEBRATING A TENACIOUS TRIBE OF TALENT SINCE 2014
In a world of celebritydom THE NEW CHIEFTAINS are a breath of fresh air. They’re non conformists whose instinct to succeed is driven by passion, transformation and challenge. It is these qualities that make them unconventional. Individually they are powerful and collectively they represent a tribe of talent who embody tenacity. Validation does not come from public accolades but in the form of endeavour, creative transformation and personal achievement.
Creative storyteller Agenda, was compelled to capture their powerful and rich narrative. He wanted to magnify qualities that are typically overshadowed by the importance placed on fame.
Each month we will tell the story of the latest New Chieftain to join the tribe. See the full story at: www.thenewchieftains.com #THENEWCHIEFTAINS
TOBY & HAN _ Their story is one of drive, determination, and a little fate.
Launched in April 2016, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers is an entirely unique manufacturer of superior quality goods, starting with Denim. The ethos of the Ateliers is to connect makers to consumers and nature to industry, starting with growing Japanese Indigo in our own Allotment.
Based within a tastefully renovated 1920s factory building in Walthamstow, the brand combines the production of authentic artisan jeans with the establishment of a modern methodology for community living – Think Global, Act Local.
“Anyone who appreciates fine denim will comprehend the true essence lies in its good quality, its honesty and the purity of the cloth. There is no better way to invest in something so wholesome and unpretentious.”
CAKE LIBERATION _ The Young Radicals
To celebrate London Fashion Week and drawing on their passion for culinary storytelling, Hackney culinary consultancy CAKE LIBERATION have joined forces with VISUAL MARVELRY™ and created THE YOUNG RADICALS campaign. This new range of gourmet wellness patisserie are filled with plant‐based ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and crammed with healthy goodness. Healthy food for fashion that is bursting with style, attitude and flavour. The collection launches on Friday 12 February 2016.
Each patisserie contains vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants, and other authentic ingredients such as arctic blueberries, Sea Buckthorn, coconut nectar, spirulina, Matcha green tea from Postcard Teas, pink Himalayan salt, sweet potatoes, acai berries, beetroots and quinoa. These revitalising, energy boosting superfood heroes combine to deliver an intense, rich taste discovery. The selection includes cakes that are gluten, wheat, sugar, egg and dairy free, using natural colours and flavourings.
The accompanying campaign I shot and created at VISUAL MARVELRY™, was produced at THE HOXTON HOTEL and introduces our very own Young Radicals. It’s about kiddies with attitude, leaders of the new school changing perceptions about food with vegetables. These children are pioneers; be virtuous and victorious like these pioneers! They embody the qualities of discovery, a willingness to embrace new ideas, and remind us that wellbeing can be fostered in creative play and joy.
Take a look at the project in its entirety and also more of the AMAZING creations from the brain of Natasha (Founder of Cake Liberation) here: CAKE LIBERATION
EXPERIENCE THE YOUNG RADICALS CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS OF HEALTHY PATISSERIE!
AFROPUNK LONDON _ There Is An Afropunk In All Of Us
An early morning call. “What are you doing on Saturday? Ive got something for you”. A call from Dean always means something cool is about to go down. Afropunk show in London and on my doorstep! Of course I am in! The show AMAZING and I was honoured to be to be of the first London show!
HELLEN JENNINGS of Natal magazine shares her insight into the days high and higher points
Thank you DEAN for the invite (I am looking forward to the next one) JOCELYN: Thank you for special pass. LOU Good to meet you and work together. And a MASSIVE thank you VM™ team DANIEL and ANEISHA!
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UK _ Business Where Society Profits
THE FUTURE IS SOCIAL: Close to a third of all social enterprises are three years old or younger, with three times the proportion of start-ups than the SME sector – a trend that has increased since the 2011 survey. e social enterprise sector is a real success story for business formation and is aracting new entrepreneurs at an increasing rate.
It’s tough out there: Social enterprises are not immune to the economic headwinds a ecting equivalent SMEs, with median turnover in this year’s survey dropping from £240,000 in 2011 to £187,000.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UK are the national body for social enterprise. Their members come from across the social enterprise movement – from local grassroots organisations to multi-million pound businesses, as well as the private and public sectors. Together with their members they are the voice for social enterprise.
They believe that social enterprise is our best chance of creating a fairer world and protecting the planet.
I was selected to add a visual story telling element to the 2013 Annual Report. The need for case studies of real people behind real social enterprises was apparent.
THE FUTURE IS SOCIAL
THE LEGO WARRIORS
THE LEGO WARRIORS is an original exhibition created and curated by collaborators award winning artist Bwoy Wonder and photographer Agenda. The Lego Warriors brokers the lines of art and pop culture with installations and portraits, which explore themes of personal identity and duality with masks created out of Lego. This mesmeric exhibition captures the powerful narrative of modern citizens in London whose alter egos possess the traits of contemporary warriors. Each one is caught in a battle to resolve inner turmoil and personal conflict through empowerment and self acceptance.
RISE OF THE PLASTIC ARMY
A good portrait should feel familiar, be the window into the person, sharing insight and understanding.
My role is to dissolve anything that gets in the way of the audience and to eliminate distractions. To personally connect with the individual and illuminate their character.
I am interested in capturing the intimate narrative of the individual, their synergy with time and place. I reveal their story by framing the context of the moment. The final image is a personalised choreography, filmic in scale but a close-up of the person as an actor on their own stage.
EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING: My highly personal approach to collaborations has resulted in powerful advertising campaigns. It is rewarding to create images that assist my clients in realising their vision. Here are an array of campaigns I have had the pleasure of creating and shaping!
EDITORIAL: A powerful narrative is formed when compelling words and images come together. Visual Marvelry is about story telling. People and faces never fail to capture my interest and attention, especially when they are empowered, highly original and emotive.
Strong images are not reserved to adults only. The spirit and spontaneity of children is a theme that is closely celebrated in my work. The young ones have been a source of constant amazement and inspiration! Photographing them has been a true joy.
VM HEADSHOTS recognise that young people especially need a helping hand and guidance when it comes to the world of presentation, so we have created THE VM HEADSHOTS FUND.Every month, a percentage of the sales made from our headshot business is used to fund the complimentary headshot we offer to a young person from one of London’s performing arts colleges or talented individuals. It’s an opportunity for us to share their story and chart their success, after all we ‘re interested in people’s narratives! We collaborate with MEDIORITE and INDUSTRY IN THE STREETS, their team of young creatives document and chart the journey of the young performer and their ascent in performing arts.
Take a look at how we create images for our headshot clients at WWW.VMHEADSHOTS.COM
AGENDA HAS WORKED WITH...
“I TRUST IN SERENDIPITY AND THE UNEXPECTED, ALLOWING THE RESULTS TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES”