My Manifesto

Print Your Photos, Please

I believe in memories. They are powerful and important. Photography serves as your emotional time capsule. Open it and feel those feelings all over again: that rush of nostalgia; that flood of emotion. It’s a tug at your heart, a laugh from your belly, a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye. Don’t close them and try to remember; open them and see your memories.

Because I believe photography should be printed. This is how it comes alive. It is not for the internet. [But ok, go on, put it there] Photography isn’t meant to capture ‘likes’ of your love; it’s meant to capture the love of your life. It is for your walls and mantles, for your bedside and coffee tables. [Go on, put it there] Literally surround yourself with who and what you love. You’ll be glad you did.

Because I believe that photography should be honest. It should be completely genuine and completely yours, capturing your truest moments. It’s about putting yourself in the right place – physically, mentally, emotionally – in a place that speaks to you and lights you on fire. Find that space in your head and your heart, and you will smile forever.

Because I believe photography is for everyone. We all have a story. We all deserve to tell it and we all deserve to remember it. No matter who you are, what you believe or stand for. It should be available and accessible to each and everyone one of us.

Because I believe photography is our visual legacy. It is about today, but it will endure for all our tomorrows and will become our yesterdays. It is not just for our lifetime but also for many other lifetimes, for those we have not yet met and those not yet born. Today will never be again, but we can still keep it forever.

I’m your photographer: part memory maker, part archivist. Let’s be bold. Let’s be brave. What do you want your future self to see?