“There is no beauty without imperfection
and it is this vulnerability that I find so beautiful”
Hi, I’m Christopher.
You and I have a lot in common, we don’t settle for what’s good enough. We’re dreamers and believe in a world greater than the one in front of our eyes! Given the choice between something easy and something true, we’re going down that hard road every day! Because we’re searching for something more than what we’ve been given.
I started a career as an academic at Leeds University, gaining a Ph.D in Classics, and exploring my fascination with ancient cultures and philosophical ideas of identity. I’ve been lucky enough to give conference papers at CUNY in New York City and Coimbra University, Portugal; as well as more local universities like Nottingham and Manchester. I am immensely proud of these achievements, as someone with dyslexia my formative years were spent listening to people telling me what I couldn’t do; so I showed them what I could do instead.
But as with all things done to prove other people wrong, academia left me unfulfilled. I needed creativity; to create meaning out of the chaos of life. For the last four years I’ve had the privilege of doing just that, using a camera to capture what endures. Be that personal projects documenting the Battlefields of France and Belgium or the weddings of some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting!
So when I photograph, I do so as if I’m documenting and preserving your memories – not necessarily for this year or next, but with your children in mind, and your grandchildren. What I love about photography is the emotion it can bring back even after so many years – so when I photograph I imagine those people who might not even be born yet, those people that you will want to share every detail with eventually. And I imagine you two, the happy couple, in ten, twenty, thirty years time looking at these photographs and feeling excited, happy, and possibly even sad given that not everyone will still be with us – but I want us all to feel something through photography.
That’s why this is more than a job, this is an invitation from you to me: you are inviting me into your world for a brief moment and in return I want to give you memories that last more than a lifetime.
When I think of my wedding photography I want the images to look like a scene from Call Me By Your Name, and I want them to make you feel like a Sufjan Stevens song: “oh to see without our eyes”.
In between shooting weddings and climbing mountains, you can mostly find me in Leeds drinking coffee, watching live bands at The Brudenell, or reading a book or two (or three).
“The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death”
– Oscar Wilde