How is Photography Performed in a Virtual Space?

My work is generated within the algorithmically determined space of 3D computer software, where the system itself is the subject matter and the performative act of imaging is the motivation for exploring the potentialities of the programme’s codes of construction. This digital 3D space is essentially photographic, where the modelling of light, its properties and qualities, determines the form of the image.

The Role of Drawing in the Regeneration of Urban Spaces

My practice-led MPhil/PhD research project will have two areas of inquiry: drawing and regeneration that will be linked by the aims and methods I deploy.

Conferred 2016

Using a sociological lens, specifically the dramaturgical approach (Goffman, 1959, Hochschild, 1983, Bolton, 2003) this research positions a spotlight on the judicial script within the criminal trial process in England & Wales, investigating claims that the official role of judges in their decision making is one of dispassion, objectivity and neutrality.

A counter claim is made that this is a myth and one which is scrutinised through a triangulation of methods; observations, interviews and media quotes. Findings expose alternative scripts which are already operationalised in contrast to official claims of judicial neutrality placing emotions at the heart of justice and endorsing the view that without emotion there is no justice (Solomon, 1995).

The Artist, the Art Object and the Market

What this research aims to achieve is twofold; firstly to gain a better understanding of how art moves through the market and secondly to understand how artists feel about their work being traded as a commodity or investment product.

Conferred 2017

Exploring Photographic Archival Intervention Within the Edward Chambre-Hardman Portraiture Collection 1923-1966

Edward Chambré-Hardman was a Liverpool based commercial portrait photographer, practicing between 1923 to 1966. He left behind a vast collection of photographic work including portraiture, landscape and cityscape works which are now stored within the Central Liverpool Library.

Wirral and the Great War 1910-1922

Combining the use of military, local and genealogical sources to explore the impact of the Great War on a representative sample of the British population, concentrating upon reactions to war in 1914/15, the relationship between the home and fighting fronts, resilience, men, women and the family and the labour movement.

Gothic Contagion: A Trans-Disciplinary Exploration of the Gothic Mode's Representations of Infectious Disease and its Implications for Public Health

This thesis sets out to investigate the ways in which Gothic depictions of contagion mediate public perceptions about health, wellbeing and community at key moments of crisis in the evolution of capitalism.

Distance matters: A visual archeology of the Plaszow concentration camp in Krakow

Why do I keep going back to sites of Holocaust memory and how might it be possible for me to use drawing as a tool to excavate a past personally unlived? Foucault describes his approach to writing history as archaeology, where discursive traces of the past are investigated in order to write a 'history of the present'. This is important because it expresses a desire to link with something beyond ourselves.

The Making of Manchester's Technical Colleges (1954-64)

This project is an investigation into the making of Manchester’s Technical Colleges (1954-64). How these colleges came to exist, and their importance within the canon of Britain’s post-war architecture has been little explored and is, consequently, poorly understood.

Conferred 2015

‘Coded Cloth’: Generative design as a digital process for jacquard weave design, using code to reanimate historical jacquard pattern archives

‘Coded Cloth’ is a collaborative research project with external partners: The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill, Macclesfield. It utilises archival materials to creatively explore and interpret, pattern designs for digital-led jacquard weaving through generative design and programming. A working relationship was established in 2013 with the Mill, to research their extensive silk jacquard archives.

The project positions the researcher as practitioner, exploring the hybrid connections or realms between digital/virtual and hand/real expressions. This practice-led enquiry contributes to the development of programming as a design and production method in woven design.